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Whelan Has 'Great Hopes' Of Getting Martinez

Whelan Has 'Great Hopes' Of Getting Martinez

Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan says he has high hopes of appointing Roberto Martinez to replace Steve Bruce as their new manager.

Earlier today there were reports that the two clubs were 'miles away' on their valuation as they discussed a compensation fee for the Spaniard.

Despite Huw Jenkins wanting more than £2m in compensation for the 35 year-old, he still remains Wigan's number one target.

Whelan is hopeful appointing Martinez but says nothing can happen until they get permission to speak with him. He told Sky Sports News:

'I have asked for permission to talk to Roberto Martinez.

'Until I get that permission, I can't talk to him. Once the Swansea chairman says to me I've got permission, I will talk to him. If he tells me I've not got permission, I can't talk to him and we will look elsewhere.

'I have got great hopes that I can get Roberto Martinez back to Wigan. He is my number one choice, but I've not got permission to talk to him.

'I need permission from the Swansea chairman before I can even say 'hello' to Roberto.'

We should know within 48 hours where Martinez's future lies, and hopefully it'll be fantastic news for Swansea City fans.

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Date:Wednesday June 3 2009
Time: 7:23PM


i just hope that huw jenkins will stay strong, come on hw its not worth the money and its not like RM is unhappy with us isi
03/06/2009 19:29:00
But if he's forced to stay, how passionate will he be about Swansea
03/06/2009 19:33:00
key quote here - "If he tells me I've not got permission, I can't talk to him and we will look elsewhere." don't give them permission huw, please!
03/06/2009 19:58:00
Wigan fan here, It's Bobby's destiny to return home to his beloved Wigan Athletic when he left us he vowed he would never play against us and he didnt he also stated he would love to come back and manage us. Bobby it is your time
03/06/2009 20:13:00
didn't see your lot giving him the opportunity when he was with lowly Chester, why can't teams try and find their own gems instead of taking the easy option and poaching other teams good work
03/06/2009 20:48:00
It's all down to whether Roberto is a man of his word or not. If he's not then the quicker he goes the better!!!
03/06/2009 21:46:00
its his destiny? no his destiny is to take us up into the prem with you lot like he aimed to do when he first came here, not give it up and join the first club that makes a serious bid to get him. promotion next year and we'll be more or less on a level with you.
03/06/2009 23:53:00
how can you say its his destiny none of the latics fans even gave him a second thought when steve bruce was there and all this stuff about he was a legend well he was a legend for the swans thats why he was our captain and thats why swansea gave him his shot as manager and now that we,v discovered that he,s also a legend as a manager you try emotionaly blackmailing him back.
04/06/2009 00:26:00
The only he's a manager and not a player now is because of Swansea City and Huw Jenkins taking a gamble on him.
04/06/2009 13:02:00
yeah otherwise he'd be playing in the blue square premier on crap wages
04/06/2009 23:14:00
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