Date:Monday May 5 2008
Swansea City Chairman Huw Jenkins has declared that Roberto Martinez is one of the best managers in the football league.
His accolade came after Swansea rounded off the season in style with a 1-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.
Many an eyebrow was raised when Martinez took the helm at the Liberty Stadium, after Kenny Jackett left the club by mutual consent. In one stroke it changed the clubs fortunes and the Spaniard nearly steered Swansea to a play off place only to be denied after a 6-3 loss to Blackpool. Since then Martinez has won a record three Manager of the Month awards this season and in turn sent shockwaves through lower league football.
Just under a year later and in his first full season as a manager Roberto Martinez has secured not only promotion to The Championship but a League one title to boot. Averaging two points a game this season Jenkins has praised the former Chester City player for his remarkable achievements this term.
Jenkins has also admitted it was a little unreal watching Swansea City captain Garry Monk lifting the league one title at Brighton`s Withdean Stadium.The Chairman has also revelled that Martinez will get all the necessary funds to make a serious challenge in the championship
Jenkins Told SWEP:
| ''We'll go into the Championship not just with one of the best managers in that division, but with one of the best at Premier League level as well. Roberto has done very well for us. With the win over Brighton he is averaging two points a game since he joined us and that is remarkable achievement."|
''He is a young man who is growing and gaining experience all the time and he is only going to get better. He wants to do well at the next level, as we do, and we will do all we can now to make sure he gets the right tools to work with next year.` We plan to be competitive in the Championship. We want to play attractive football because giving our supporters something to enjoy is important.
''And we want to show that we deserve to be there because we believe we should be playing at the level. It was a little unreal watching the players lift the trophy considering everything that has gone on over the last few weeks."
''And it's a little unreal when you think back to where this club was five years ago.
t's a relief to get it over with. We've got the trophy and we've won the game so all the negatives which have been flying around are now out of the way.We have finished the season in style, but this is where the hard work begins. We have the contracts of existing players to sort out and we have new signings to make so that everything's in place by July 1.''
Date:Monday May 5 2008
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