- Roberto Martínez
Infobox Football biography
playername = Roberto Martínez
fullname = Roberto Martínez Gutiérrez
height = height|m=1.78
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1973|7|13
nickname = Robbo
position = Midfielder
currentclub = Swansea City (manager)
years = 1993–1995
caps(goals) = 048 0(4)
manageryears = 2007–
managerclubs = Swansea City
pcupdate = 1 Novermber 2007
Roberto Martínez (born
13 July 1973in Balaguer, Catalonia, Spain) is a professional footballer who currently is manager of Swansea City. A skilful midfielder, he was recently captain of both Swansea City and Chester City.
Martínez began his career at his home-town club
CF Balaguerin the Spanish Third Divisionbefore moving to Real Zaragozain La Liga where he made his senior debut. He was offered the chance to move to England by Dave Whelan, chairman of Wigan Athletic and he signed on a free transfer on 25 July 1995, becoming one of Wigan's famous 'three amigos' alongside Jesús Sebaand Isidro Díaz. Martínez spent six seasons at Wigan, making 180 appearances for the club (with a further 47 as substitute), scoring 23 goals. He was affectionately known as 'Bobby' to the local fans, who were far from used to having foreign players in their team back in those days.
Released on a free transfer, Martínez signed for Motherwell on
3 July 2001but made only eight appearances (plus eight more as substitute) in Scotland before joining Walsall on a free transfer on 13 August 2002. Again, he did not feature regularly, starting just one game for Walsall and making five substitute appearances - though still managing to get sent off twice during his short spell in the First Division.
31 January 2003, Martínez joined Swansea City on a short term contract until the end of the season, becoming the captain and helping to preserve the club's Football Leaguestatus despite a brush with relegation. On 23 June 2003, Martínez made a permanent move to the Welsh club.
To the end of 2005-06 season, he had made 111 appearances for Swansea City (with a further eleven as substitute) and had scored four goals. On
30 May 2006, Martinez was released on a free transfer by Swansea City.
Roberto joined Chester City on a free transfer, signing a two year contract. He made his pre-season debut against Huddersfield Town playing for 90 minutes on Saturday
29 July 2006, with his league debut following seven days later against Accrington Stanley. As at other clubs, he became a popular figure with supporters and enjoyed a spell as club captain. His last game for Chester came in their 1–0 win over Bury at The Saunders Honda Stadium on Wednesday 21 February 2007, as he accepted the manager's job at Swansea City.
Martínez is also known to viewers of
Sky Sports' coverage of Spanish football: he is a regular studio guest who, despite having been resident in the UK for over a decade, speaks with a degree of authority about the game in Spain.
He became Swansea City manager on Saturday
24 February 2007. Although he has not formally retired from playing, Martinez seems to be focusing on his managerial duties and does not have a squad number with Swansea.
He won manager of the month for October 2007 by leading his team to four wins in four in the league including a 5–0 win and a 4–1 win over Leyton Orient and Bournemouth away from home. Then won it again in December after a thrilling 3–2 win over Leeds at the Liberty Stadium. Martinez won his second and third consecutive manager of the months in January after a second 4–0 win away from home this season, against Doncaster. He was also nominated for the February prize but lost out to
John Wardmanager of Carlisle United. In May 2008, Martinez was awarded the League Mangers Association's manager of the year award for League One after leading Swansea City to the title. [citeweb|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/s/swansea_city/7397679.stm|title=Martinez crowned manager of year|accessdate=May 13|accessyear=2008] Following Manchester United Assistant Manager Carlos Queiroz's departure to succeed "Big" Phil Scolarias Portugal manager, Martinez did emerge as an early favourite to replace him, [ [http://www.dailypost.co.uk/sport-news/man-utd-fc/2008/07/08/swansea-martinez-is-not-going-to-man-utd-55578-21300820/ Swansea: Martinez is not going to Man Utd - Daily Post North Wales ] ] but he has since denied being linked with Manchester United.
League Managerial stats
:As of "
19 April, 2008"
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