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Roberto Martinez

D.O.B.

13/07/1973

Birthplace

Balaguer Lerida

Height

5ft 10

Nickname

Judas

Position

Manager

Signed

February 2007

Former Clubs

CF Balaguer, Wigan , Motherwell,Wallsall &Chester City

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Roberto Martinez was one of the most influential midfielders in the last few years to sign for Swansea. Signed by Brian Flynn on a free transfer from Walsall, he made an instant impression to the Swansea fans and played a huge part in saving the Swans from relegation in 2003

He was a hugely influential figure during the relegation battle and added experience to the midfield. His composure, skill and passing ability are his main strengths.

Roberto was injured during a home game against Boston the year after and this made a huge difference to his performances when he returned.

Martinez hasn't really fitted in with Jackett's style of play and he was left out of the first team on many occasions and after playing no part during the Play-offs, it became obvious he was going to be released.

Martinez joined Chester City on a Free transfer, signing a two year contract. The split from Swansea was not a good one with a difference in playing styles with former Swansea manger Kenny Jackett earmarked as reasons to Roberto's departure from the club.

A Swift return to the Liberty Stadium came on Saturday 24 February 2007 when he returned not as a player but the Manager of the club.

He was highly successful during his 2 year spell, winning the League One title in his first season and finishing a very respectable 8th in the Championship the following year.

However, he lost the respect of the majority of the Swans by going against his loyal words, and in June 2009 he decided to leave and join Wigan Athletic.

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