Well with heavy heart here in the TNS Offices, the news has just come through the wire; that Roberto Martinez is to leave Wigan Athletic.[PPD_PAYTOREADMORE]
It’s a sad & dark time here at TNS HQ, though a few are chuckling quietly, but we’ll not mention who they are.
Roberto joined in June 2009, replacing Steve Bruce’s second coming. In those 4 seasons, he finished 16thin 2010, 16thagain in 2011, 15thin 2012 with the well documented 7 wins in the last 9 games and 18th& relegated in 2013. He did though win Wigan’s first Major trophy in May of this year beating Manchester City 1-0 in the FA Cup final.
The news shouldn’t be a surprise to many, as for many Wigan fans, summer normally meant speculation on which new team he was moving on to? Alas it looks like my offer to lay the new pitch at the Training Ground fell through.
I had the luxury to interview Bob a couple of times at the DW stadium for the YOTAC Web Site and the TNS site too; he was just a really nice bloke.
So, personally I do wish Bob Good Luck in his new role, here at TNS HQ we understand he’s meeting with Bill Kenwright soon, to discuss the vacant Managers role at Everton.
Of course, Wigan & Dave Whelan will now start the role of looking for a new Manager. We’ll have more as the news come through on Bob’s replacement & what this also means for the Back Room staff at the DW Stadium.
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