Date: 23rd February 2007 at 5:29pm
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Former player Roberto Martinez will today leave his current club Chester to become the new Swansea manager, providing that personal terms can be agreed.

Swansea have agreed a compensation package with the League 2 club and he leaves with immediate effect.

In a club statement, Swansea revealed that Martinez was the preferred candidate ever since Jackett’s departure.

It said: “Provided that personal terms can be agreed in time, Roberto will be in attendance at Saturday’s game at Yeovil Town,”

“The club has received interest from over 50 parties for the post, and after carefully considering those applications, interviews took place this week with a number of candidates,”

“Ever since Kenny Jackett’s surprise departure last week, Roberto has been the Board’s preferred candidate.

“After the interviews it was clear that Roberto was the best man for the job and the decision was made to offer him the position.

“Roberto comes highly recommended from many people in the game of football, none more so than Welsh boss John Toshack, who has offered Roberto any assistance that is required.

“Final details of the backroom coaching set-up will be announced next week.”


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