Date:Thursday April 24 2008
After securing a new deal that will keep him at the Liberty Stadium until 2011, Roberto Martinez has reiterated his ultimate aim for the club to get Swansea City into the Premiership.
Successfully guiding the club to the Championship, Martinez has earned rave reviews and has taken the football league by storm. Chairman Huw Jenkins has rewarded the Spaniard with a lucrative deal to secure his services for the next three years.
Matching the same ambitions of Jenkins , Martinez has made clear his target to take the club to the highest echelons of the British game. The premiership aim may seem a lofty ambition but it is one that the trained physio firmly believes is firmly within the realms of possibility.
Fully confident of his abilities to get Swansea to the first tier in the football pyramid, Martinez has signalled a warning it may take time but he is resolved to making that dream a reality. Putting a time scale on such a push for the top flight, the former Wigan player thinks it might take up to 7 years to be a premiership force.
Martinez told the WM
|'“I’m confident that, if I’m given the time, I can get this club to the Premiership. It would be a big mistake to just try and somehow get there quickly and then not be good enough to remain there.”|
“In that respect my job is to work on a daily basis towards creating a football club that will be able to get there and achieve our Premiership dream. For that I believe five, six or seven years to be the normal amount of time needed to be a Premiership force. But our end goal is that we can be a top 15 club in the UK.”
“That is achievable because of the fan base we have got, the talented squad we have got and the people we have got on the board. It’s going to be a big jump into the Championship. But we will slowly make sure we are a solid club that can remain there and that, further down the line, we are strong enough to compete at that level.“Then we can dream of the Premiership.“I’m delighted and I’m flattered with the contract, but I never had anything in my head apart from being successful with Swansea City.”i>
Date:Thursday April 24 2008
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