Date:Tuesday July 1 2008
Roberto Martinez has banned his Iberian players from speaking Spanish in the dressing room and on the training pitch.
Taking this step the former Chester City player believes that the move will instil a better team ethic and avoid any confusions on and off the field of play. Last season there was a marked improvement in the linguistic skills of Andrea Orlandi and Angel Rangel who were aided by fluent English speaking Guillem Bauza. Martinez will be hoping for more of the same as the season draws ever closer.
Looking to club stalwarts to guide the new players that tactician has also warned that if something is not going smoothly he will look for other solutions to assist Jordi Gomez , Federico Bessone and Albert Serran settle in.
Over the course of the summer some quarters have criticised Martinez for his over reliance on the Spanish market but hitting back against the critics Roberto has declared the players nationality does not matter and again has reiterated his message to players , that he wants people at the Liberty Stadium who are 100% committed to the cause.
Martinez Told The SWEP.
|Martinez On The Spanish Ban:|
'We have told the players that only English is to be spoken when they are working for Swansea City. That was the first rule we set out on the first day of pre-season, and the second was that we mix things up at mealtimes. We cannot have only one nationality sitting on one table, but I'm sure there will be no problems."
We have got core players like Garry Monk, Leon Britton, Alan Tate and Kris O'Leary.They look like they were born in this football club and they will give guidance to everyone else. And if something is not working, I will be the first to spot it and put it right."
Martinez On Player's Nationality
'Nationality doesn't count at all. What counts is character, and we are bringing in people who are hungry for success. They will be proud to play at the Liberty in front of our fans. We have not tried to get names or to spend money just for the sake of it this summer, we've looked to add quality to our squad. Where the players come from doesn't matter. Just look at the way Guillem Bauza, Angel Rangel and Andrea Orlandi settled last season. For me they are as good as Welshmen now, and they feel that way too."
Date:Tuesday July 1 2008
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