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Tuesday, 3 July, 2001, 18:55 GMT 19:55 UK
Martinez joins the Motherwell set
Roberto Martinez is highly rated by colleagues
Roberto Martinez is highly rated by colleagues
Motherwell have signed former Real Zaragoza midfielder and television pundit Roberto Martinez on a three-year deal.

And Queen's Park Rangers defender Karl Ready has also been at Fir Park for talks.

Martinez was a free agent after coming to the end of his contract at Wigan Athletic.

But Motherwell manager Billy Davies is sure that Martinez has what it takes to set the Scottish Premier League alight.

Director of football Pat Nevin said: "The manager strongly believes he will make a big impact up here.

Marketing degree

"He is a creative player with a great attitude.

"The boys who left here for Wigan can't speak highly enough of him."

Karl Ready has several options
Karl Ready has several options
Martinez has several strings to his bow, working for Sky television commentating on Spanish football, and has a marketing degree.

"Maybe we'll get him working on our marketing," joked Nevin.

Martinez became Motherwell's second signing in two days following the capture of former Sheffield United striker David Kelly.

"The manager was looking for five to seven new faces and that's four we have in now," said Nevin.

"Hopefully we will get two or three more before the start of the season."

Ready could be one of them, but Nevin does not expect anything to happen quickly as the 28-year-old has a number of other clubs interested.

Nevin also stresses that Ready is just one of several central defenders that Davies is considering.

See also:

02 Jul 01 |  Football
Kelly joins Motherwell
11 Jun 01 |  Wigan Athletic
Wigan grab Jewell
01 Jun 01 |  Motherwell
Davies begins rebuilding 'Well
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