The 1v1 situation - Issue 20 (March 2012)
Roberto Martinez became Wigan Athletic manager in the summer of 2009, returning to the club where he’d made his name as a player in the mid-1990s.
The 38-year-old Spaniard was an industrious midfielder who brought continental flair to the club’s former Springfield Park home, and he has extended the methodologies of technical excellence into his approach to coaching as well.
Beginning in management at Swansea City, for whom he also played, Martinez guided the south Wales club into the Championship – the first time they had featured in the second tier of English football for 24 years.
After the Swans finished 8th in the 2008/09 season, Wigan made their move. And on one of the smallest budgets, Martinez has secured the club’s Barclays Premier League status for the past two seasons, with notable victories along the way over the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.
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