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Martinez Issues 48 Hour Deadline

Martinez Issues 48 Hour Deadline

Roberto Martinez has issued a 48-hour deadline on the out of contract players at the club.

Izzy Iriekpen, Garry Monk, Bayo Akinfenwa and Kristian O'Leary have until Tuesday to accept their contracts. If no agreement can be found then the offers will be revoked and the concerned players will be released from the club.

Swansea City Manager Roberto Martinez talked to the Western Mail on the 48-hour deadline:

'"The better they play, the better contracts they will earn and the more successful they are on the pitch more rewards they get.

There are many players here who can play a big part in my team and in time get their own rewards with their contracts and the dreams they want to achieve here.

It`s something me and the board have talked about and we feel it is the right way ahead.

Swansea City are in League One but everything is geared up to improve and be in a higher division and every single player here should realise that aim - the contract issue reflects that as well.'

Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins stated this week that he felt there would be mixed news over the out of contract players. This matter will come to a close next week and this will allow Martinez to gain a better picture of what positions need to be added too.

It is good that performance related contracts now seem to be in place, this will undoubtedly raise the performance levels at the club. Players will now have to work for their contracts, for far too long some players performances have been bellow par.

Next week should be a very interesting one.

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

Date:Sunday June 17 2007
Time: 4:07PM


I think this is the best thing that Martinez could have done! The players concerned have been making a mockery of the club and Roberto doesn't deserve any of this hassle as this is all because Kenny didn't sort things out before it was too late! Like he said if they perform well on the pitch then they will get the contracts that they want as a reward. It's about time somebody took control of this situation!
jack hammers
17/06/2007 18:42:00
Yes Roberto has done well with the situation he has inherrited he has given them plenty of time to make up their minds and look around and he has also said that they can earn longer deals. I think he has been very fair.
18/06/2007 13:15:00
I disagree. I think offering the players an ultimatum on signing their contracts is a good idea. However, issuing one year contracts, not negotiating deals and other stuff is stupid! Negotiations are a 2 way street and Huw Jenkins and co. have not taken their time to hear out what the players they want to keep have to say about matters. We now live in danger that tomorrow we stand to lose 4 good players on a free transfer because the club became to uptight on the situation! Players have stated that these contracts are not about money. That says something about the players to me!
18/06/2007 16:43:00
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