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Wigan Athletic Appoint Roberto Martinez

16/6/2009
Premier League side Wigan Athletic have confirmed that they have finally secured the services of highly-rated Spanish manager Roberto Martinez on a three-year contract.

The appointment of the former Swansea boss had been delayed while a compensation package between the two clubs had been agreed, but the 35-year-old and his backroom staff have now been granted permission to leave.

Martinez, his assistant Graeme Jones and chief scout Kevin Reeves will now be unveiled to Latics fans in a press conference today – five days after their scheduled announcement collapsed due to a complication in the original deal.

Though a package reportedly worth £2 million had been agreed between the two clubs, it is understood that the figure made no provisions for the staff that Martinez planned to take with him and negotiations stalled. However, matters have now been resolved between both parties and the move will be officially announced later today.

Despite the resolution, Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins admitted “I don’t think either club are totally happy with the compensation figure agreed for the backroom staff, but I think both clubs realise that this matter now needs to be concluded so that we can all move on and prepare for the new season.”

Martinez is a cult hero at Wigan Athletic who, alongside Jesus Seba and Isidro Diaz, formed part of the “Three Amigos” who played at the club while it was languishing in football’s bottom tier. He spent six seasons at Wigan making 180 appearances before leaving to Motherwell in July 2001.
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