Date: 5th November 2007 at 5:29pm
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Swansea City Chairman Huw Jenkins has issued a hands off warning to Wigan as they look for a new manager.

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“Martinez would not leave us in the lurch in a month of Sundays.”

Following the sacking of Chris Hutchings, Roberto Martinez has been linked with the vacant manager’s job having spent 6 years at the JJB Stadium as a player.

However, fans needn’t worry as it’s simply speculation, giving Martinez’s successful spell there between 1995-2001.

Graeme Souness, Martin Jol and Paul Jewell are amongst the favourites to fill the role.

‘It’s quite obvious that we wouldn’t welcome an approach and I think Roberto is fully focussed doing what he’s doing.

‘He wants to be a sussessful manager and I think he’s fully aware that he’s got time on his side to consider whatever he wants to do in his future years.

‘He is a very intellegent young man and I’ve no doubt that he will be with us for a few years to come.

‘I think Roberto being linked is quite natural because of his past, sepnding some time at Wigan, and obviously the success he’s had with us,’

‘From our point of view, Roberto has come here to do a job for Swansea City and we fully expect him to stay and do that job with us.’



Roberto Martinez also played down the speculation and said:

‘You can’t stop speculation,’

‘I had six fantastic years at Wigan and Mr (Dave) Whelan (the Wigan owner) was the reason we [he, Jesus Seba and Isidro Diaz] came over from Spain at the time.

‘We’ve been through many difficult and good times with the football club and I think that’s always part of the speculation when situations like this arise. So I don’t see anything else from that point.’



Martinez took over as Swansea boss from Kenny Jackett in February and nearly guided us to a surprising play-off place last season.

This year he has signed a number of players from overseas for next to nothing in terms of transfer fees.

It’s another new look squad for the Swans and the Spaniard has implemented a completely new style of football compared to that of Kenny Jackett before him.

He has an unfinished job here and has set the foundations for what could be a very successful season. With that in mind plus his love for the club, he won’t be going anywhere!