Date: 7th June 2009 at 12:13pm
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Roberto Martinez turned down the chance to double his money with Swansea City, opting instead to join Premiership side Wigan Athletic.

In a last attempt to keep the 35 year-old at the Liberty Stadium, chairman Huw Jenkins offered to increase his annual wage to £1m – which would have made him the highest ever earner at the club.

The pay increase would have seen the Spaniard earn around £20,000 a week, but there was nothing to stop Roberto returning to the club where he started his career in the English League.

Martinez is expected to complete his switch to the JJB Stadium by Wednesday, when chairman Dave Whelan returns from holiday.

Swansea City fans have been left angered and disappointed in the manner of his departure, as he is yet to speak a word to the press explaining his reasons for not completing the long-term job he planned out here.

“Not the right thing to make public that we were prepared to pay a manager £1M a year, it’s going to make any incoming manager hold out for that sort of money.”
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