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Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez deserves nothing but respect from Swansea City

Swansea City, Championship, Wigan Athletic, Roberto MartinezTonight sees Swansea City travel to the DW stadium to play Wigan Athletic in the fourth round of the Carling Cup.

It will be the first time Wigan manager Roberto Martinez comes up against his former employers for since leaving the Liberty Stadium 16 months ago for the lure of Barclays Premier League football at the DW Stadium.

Swansea handed him his first job in management in February 2007 and he duly clinched the club’s promotion to the npower Championship in his first season.

Martinez insisted he would have to be “forced out” of the Liberty Stadium, but the way in which he went back on that promise last June – and his subsequent raid on City players – left a sour taste in the mouth of almost all Swans fans.

However, Swansea fans must have nothing but the utmost respect for Martinez. Before he took charge of the club they were a mediocre League One team.

But the exciting brand of flowing football which Martinez introduced has been carried on by Brendan Rodgers this season and Swansea are currently sitting third in the Championship.

Martinez may have gone back against his word but the legacy he created at the Liberty Stadium has seen them on the verge of challenging for a place in the Premier League.

And Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has urged the club’s travelling army of 4,500 supporters to tonight’s game to show Martinez the respect he deserves.

Jenkins said: “From my personal point of view, Roberto deserves a good reception.

“This football club has come a long way in the last 10 years and we’ve all got to realise that managers and players will keep moving on to different clubs for whatever reason.

“You can’t take away what he achieved for this football club as a player or manager. Our aim over the next few years is to join him in the Premier League and give our fans a game like Tuesday’s week in, week out.”

If it weren’t for Martinez Swansea wouldn’t be where they are now and the club has a lot to be thankful for.

Any jeering or abuse directed at Swansea this evening will be nothing more than the hollers of the ignorant.

 

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