Vital Football

Latest Swansea City News

Martinez Finally Speaks & Asks For Forgiveness

Martinez Finally Speaks & Asks For Forgiveness

Roberto Martinez has spoken for the first time to BBC Sport after joining Wigan Athletic as their new manager.

Many fans have been angered by his silence this month since he was linked with a move away at the start of June. First Celtic made an approach and Wigan followed with their keen interest in the Spaniard.

When he first arrived as our new manager 2 years ago, he said he'd have to forced out to leave the club. He also spoke about how much he loved and respected the club during his spell here and spoke about his long-term plans about getting us into the Premiership.

Not only that, but he criticised those players who lacked loyalty and those who decided to leave the club, but Martinez has, in the end, done exactly what they did.

Martinez was asked about his comment about being forced out to ever leave the Swans, and he said:

'I'm only asking fans to forgive me and understand me because it's a decision I had to make,'

'Probably not many people would understand, but in time it will settle a little bit more.'

'I wanted that [to be forced out] to happen but obviously there are situations that develop in certain ways and you need to make a decision.'

'I would just say to the fans to try to look back at the last two-and-a-half years - I gave absolutely everything.'

'My contract has been bought out now and I think the compensation is going to help the football club to get into the next level,'

'I just want to let the fans know my feelings towards Swansea City will never change.'

'Wigan is a football club where I started a relationship back in 1995,'

'It's a club that allowed me to come to the British game and we shared huge experiences. Since then, we've had a very special relationship.

'Now to be able to manage the football club in the Premier League at only 35 shows a huge commitment from them and is a great challenge to be able to take.'

After a long on-going saga regarding a compensation fee for Roberto Martinez and the 4 other managerial staff, his move was finally finalised yesterday afternoon, and at last the Swans can move on with their task of appointing his replacement.

For the very latest Championship odds

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Tuesday June 16 2009
Time: 10:51PM


apology not accepted by me sorry (judas)
16/06/2009 22:56:00
I cried reading this...
16/06/2009 23:57:00
such a non felt excuse, basically him saying he kept quiet so we'd be forced to hate him and the pain of him leaving would have been less.
16/06/2009 23:58:00
look up "loyalty" in the dictionary and you'll find a picture of Roberto Martinez shaking the hand of Sepp Blatter.
16/06/2009 23:59:00
You watch the turned backs next time he makes an appearance at the club. Hmmm
17/06/2009 10:03:00
get the violins out
17/06/2009 10:28:00
i hope we get them in the cup, cue the anti-martinez chants
18/06/2009 00:19:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Swansea City Articles

Match Day Officials v Stoke (31/10/16)

The Premier League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Stoke City this Monday.

Mawson Wins Man of the Match on Debut vs Watford

Swansea City defender Alfie Mawson was your Man of the Match choice in last Saturday's 0-0 home draw against Watford

After Game Player Interviews Explained

Scientific researchers have discovered that a tendency for professional footballers to overuse the words 'um' 'ah' and 'err' in post game press interviews...

Talking Tactics: Pass Map: Swansea City 0-0 Watford

A look at Swansea City's passmap from Saturday's 0-0 draw at home against Watford, what was our main weakness in the game?

Archived Vital Swansea City Articles

Vital Swansea City articles from

Site Journalists

Editor email

Current Poll (see more polls)

What will the result be vs Stoke?
Suggested By:
Stoke win43%
Swansea win41%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Man City 9 6 2 1 20 11
2 Arsenal 9 6 2 1 20 10
3 Liverpool 9 6 2 1 20 9
4 Chelsea 9 6 1 2 19 10
5 Spurs 9 5 4 0 19 9
6 Everton 9 4 3 2 15 5
7 Man Utd 9 4 2 3 14 1
8 Southampton 9 3 4 2 13 3
9 Watford 9 3 3 3 12 0
10 AFC Bournemouth 9 3 3 3 12 0
11 Crystal Palace 9 3 2 4 11 0
12 Leicester City 9 3 2 4 11 -4
13 WBA 9 2 4 3 10 0
14 Burnley 9 3 1 5 10 -5
15 West Ham 9 3 1 5 10 -7
16 Stoke 9 2 3 4 9 -7
17 Middlesbrough 9 1 4 4 7 -4
18 Hull City 9 2 1 6 7 -14
19 Swansea 9 1 2 6 5 -7
20 Sunderland 9 0 2 7 2 -10
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Swansea City Results (view all)

Swansea City Fixtures (view all)

Oct 31 2016 8:00PM : Stoke City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 6 2016 3:00PM : Manchester United (H)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 19 2016 3:00PM : Everton (a)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 26 2016 3:00PM : Crystal Palace (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 3 2016 3:00PM : Tottenham Hotspur (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Sunderland (H)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

7.Dennis Downing22
9.Phil W10
Vital Football Comment