Swansea City boss has given everyone a healthy boost by declaring he’d only leave the club if he was forced to.
The Spaniard himself admits it was a risk by chairman Huw Jenkins to hire him as manager. But it’s certainly paid off as he has guided the Swans to the top of League One.
Martinez has added a fresh and new style of football to the Liberty Stadium – fast counter-attacking football.
Yesterday, Newcastle’s life President Sir John Hall said that Roberto could fit the bill for their new manager as they look for someone to bring back the Kevin Keegan days, in which he managed from 1992 to 1997.
Roberto Martinez was flattered to be linked with such a job and said:
|‘It’s flattering [to be linked with Newcastle] especially when it comes from well respected figures within the game. It’s a great compliment.|
‘All the fans should be happy because it means we must be doing something right. When you get that sort of attention from the outside it’s very pleasing.
‘If the style of football we’re playing at Swansea is being compared to Keegan’s, that’s nice because that’s been my fight in the British game since I arrived in 1995,’
Martinez also talked about how he tried to prove that his preferred style of football could work in the lower Leagues in England:
|‘Certain managers do not accept that way of playing and never thought it could be successful in the lower leagues.|
‘It’s been a daily fight to try to prove it could be successful, so to get this kind of recognition is a great feeling. It gives us great encouragement to carry on doing what we’re doing.’
As a player, he was highly regarded amongst Swansea City fans for his ability, loyalty and love for the club but he explained how he was pushed out 18 months ago in July 2006.
Then manager Kenny Jackett dropped him and left him in the dark over his future at the club before he left to join League 2 side Chester City.
Martinez said he’ll only leave the club in similar circumstances to those back in 2006:
|‘It was a huge gamble from Huw Jenkins and the board giving me the job, while I came here because of my passion for the job and the contract was secondary.|
‘I said when there was speculation about Wigan that I’m fully focused on what I want to do with Swansea,’
‘I never left this club as a player, I was pushed out, and it will have to be the same as manager.’