Roberto Martinez today reaffirmed his status as a Wigan Athletic legend by turning down the advances of former European Cup Winners Aston Villa to stay with humble ole’ Wigan Athletic. Roberto, who recently claimed to be two years into a five year plan is clearly thought to have been sorely tempted into managing a big club like Aston Villa with bigger transfer and wage budgets but decided against it to carry on the good work he has been doing at Wigan Athletic.
Although the Roberto Martinez era has not met with universal approval amongst Wigan Athletic fans, many are delighted that he has chosen to stay with the club where he first made his name and today’s decision will only ensure that his list of admirers across the footballing world grows ever longer.
The challenge now on a personal level will be to take on the team which performed so admirably during the last three months of last season and deliver against his plan to try and establish Wigan Athletic as a top ten Premier League side. If he gets anywhere close to achieving this aim over the next season or so, he will further cement his reputation as one of the brightest young managers in the game and be coveted by even more bigger and more famous clubs than Aston Villa, if it’s possible that there is such a thing.
For the time being, whether you admire his tactical abilities or not, Wigan Athletic fans cannot help but admire the man for deciding that he opting to remain with the home comforts of Galloways pies and Uncle Joes mintballs rather than the heady delights of the Bull Ring and Bournville chocolate.
As Wigan Athletic fans, all we can do is support him and hopefully enjoy the fruits of his labour and recognise that he has made the sort of decision that not too many other football managers would ever dream of being brave enough to make and actually hang around to finish a job off instead of running away when a better offer comes along.
Football eh? You’ll be telling us Wayne Rooney’s got a big daft rug next?
PS Never in doubt
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