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Jenkins: Martinez Deserves A Good Reception

Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins says former boss Roberto Martinez deserves a good reception from the fans during tomorrow's game at Wigan Athletic.

Our allocation of 4,490 tickets has sold out for Tuesday night's Carling Cup 4th round tie at the DW Stadium as it's the first opportunity to come up against Martinez since he left the Swans last year.

Whilst the majority of fans have shown their frustration and anger towards our former manager for his lack of loyalty and lies, Huw Jenkins believes he deserves a good reception from the travelling fans, but somehow I can see it being the complete opposite!

From my personal point of view, Roberto deserves a good reception,''

'Like the respect the Reading fans showed to Brendan (Rodgers) when he went back to Madejski Stadium last week.

'This football club has come a long way in the last 10 years and we've all got to realise that managers and players will keep moving on to different clubs, for whatever reason.

'It's part and parcel of modern football. We should all be big enough to accept this and be grateful for what they did for us, whether that's Roberto or anyone else.

'As a football club we will always survive and hopefully keep growing and improving.


Martinez left last Summer without a word to the Swansea City fans. Having told us that he'd have to be 'forced out' to leave, he then left to join Wigan Athletic - the first Football League club he played for.

The Spaniard had a close bond with the fans whilst he was here. As a player and then as a manager - guiding us to promotion to the Championship and then helping us improve into a solid second-tier side.

Jenkins added:

'I know a lot of people were disappointed when Roberto left, but my relationship with him is still good and we talk regularly. You have to build and maintain relationships in this business if you want the football club to get stronger and stronger - which we are.

'As far as I am concerned, everyone at Swansea City should be wishing Roberto and all his staff every success for the future - after Tuesday night, of course.

'You can't take away what he achieved for this football club as a player or a manager. Our aim over the next few years is to join him in the Premier League and give our fans a game like Tuesday's week in week out.

'To take 4,500 fans to Wigan on a Tuesday night is amazing. It makes me very proud to be chairman of this football club and I'm sure every one of them will get fully behind Brendan and the boys.''


The Swans chairman also explained his decision to appoint him as our manager - having never managed a club before.

'Roberto's appointment as a young manager with potential was the right move at the right time for the club,''

'We needed to move in a new direction and Roberto took us there with a new unique style of play.

'I knew the relationship he had with the club as a player and the example he set on and off the field. Speaking to him when he was a player he had a great knowledge of the game and how it should be played.

'He also had a group of players who were potentially good footballers and wanted to play the game on the floor. I felt Roberto could bring the best out of them. We were well suited as a football club - the perfect match.

'I know he still appreciates the fact that this club gave him a start in management and, as far as I am concerned, his love and passion for Swansea City will never been in doubt.

'But things move on. We are all delighted to have Brendan at the helm, another bright young manager, who I'm sure will take this football club on to the next level.''





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Writer: KevinE Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday October 25 2010

Time: 4:45PM

Your Comments

Yes, it would be nice to think that Swansea fans would be able to appreciate what Roberto did for Swansea in such a short time, and Wigan (remember he turned down Celtic) were the only team for which he'd have left Swansea. It was unfortunate for Swansea that the Wigan post came up exactly when it did. (If you want someone to blame, perhaps Steve Bruce is the one.) Roberto was always going to go to Wigan at some point *, if he had the opportunity, because his affection for Wigan is so great - but as his words this week have shown, Swansea will always be very important to him, as well.

(* As perhaps Steve Bruce was always likely to return to the North-East at some point.)
rjb
 

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