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Last Updated: Sunday, 25 February 2007, 12:24 GMT
Martinez sure of Swansea success
Swansea City manager Roberto Martinez
Martinez enjoyed plenty of success as a player with Swansea
New Swansea City boss Roberto Martinez has attempted to allay any fears over his lack of managerial experience.

The 33-year-old Spaniard has ended his playing career at Chester City after being offered the vacant manager's position at the Liberty Stadium.

"All I'm asking is for unity, a bit of patience," said Martinez, who spent three seasons as player with Swansea.

"We want to do things the right way and hopefully we'll get the success we deserve. It's a fantastic challenge."

He added: "Experience is important in any job you do in life. But I would be stupid to say that experience will guarantee you success.

"I know I've got other strengths. I know the squad inside out. I know the football club and the fans. I know the expectations. I know what they want and I'm up for the challenge.

Our aim is to get into a situation to get promotion

Swansea boss Roberto Martinez

"It's a short period now [until the end of the season] but I'm looking longer-term and I'm looking to take Swansea City to the next level.

"I'm well aware and well prepared and I can guarantee I will give 24 hours of my day, my heart and head to this job.

"Maybe I can cover the lack of experience with the other things."

Swansea appointed Martinez nine days after the shock departure of Kenny Jackett, who claimed he had lost the full backing of the club, fans and players.

Jackett left the club seventh in League One and 11 points adrift of the automatic promotion places.

Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Yeovil leaves the Swans five points from the play-offs places, but Martinez says promotion is still a realistic goal.

"That's our aim," Martinez told BBC Wales Sport. "We've got 10 weeks in front of us before the normal season ends and we're going to try to get as many points as we can.

"Our aim is to get into a situation to get promotion. There's no doubt about that. Obviously we are realistic about the situation but that's our aim."

Martinez captained Swansea to League Two promotion under Jackett in 2005, also lifting the LDV Vans Trophy and the FAW Premier Cup twice.

But he fell out of favour with Jackett at the end of last season and joined Chester in the summer.

He's very well respected and someone I really trust

Martinez on potential assistant Graham Barrow

He had been a regular in Chester's midfield this season - taking the captain's armband - but admitted the lure to join his former club was too strong.

"This was just too big an opportunity to let go," said Martinez, Swansea's ninth manager in 11 years.

"If it was any other club I would have carried on playing because I've always said you need to play as long as you can.

"But Swansea is a completely different situation. It's a club I love, it's a fantastic challenge and I couldn't say no. It's as simple as that."

Martinez, who was recommended to Swansea by Wales manager John Toshack, accepts he needs an experienced man by his side to show him the managerial ropes.

Chester City assistant Graham Barrow, who brought Martinez to English football when he signed him for Wigan in 1995, is being tipped to be the man to fill that role.

Martinez said: "He's a person I admire. He's had a fantastic career in the lower leagues. He's very well respected and someone I really trust.

"Because of contractual situation I am unable to say any more."

Martinez says he hopes to name his assistant on Monday, when he will also clear up the futures of coaches Kevin Nugent and Colin Pascoe.

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