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Last Updated: Monday, 14 January 2008, 13:58 GMT
Newcastle link flatters Martinez
Swansea City manager Roberto Martinez
Manager Roberto Martinez has helped inspire Swansea's upturn
Swansea City manager Roberto Martinez says he is flattered to have been linked with the vacant manager's position at Newcastle United.

Magpies life president Sir John Hall has told BBC 5 Live that Martinez might be a good fit for the Newcastle job.

But Martinez, who has guided the Swans to the top of League One, says he has no intention of leaving south Wales.

"I've got a lot of things to do here. The day I won't be at Swansea City will not be down to me," said Martinez.

"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.

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"But we need to keep working and not lose focus on what we're doing on a daily basis."

Hall admitted that Martinez would not be a leading candidate to take over the St James' Park hot-seat from Sam Allardyce, whose 24-game reign ended by "mutual consent" last week.

But the former Newcastle chairman, who sold his 41.6% stake in the club to businessman Mike Ashley in May 2007, said people in the British game were taking notice of what Martinez is achieving.

Chairman Huw Jenkins says that boss Roberto Martinez is staying with Swansea despite speculation linking the Spaniard to managerless Newcastle.

"Do you go for a big name, like the (Guus) Hiddink, or do you try and find someone who can give us the football we had under (Kevin) Keegan," Hall said.

"There's the Swansea manager, Martinez, who seems to be turning them around."

Hall's admiration of Martinez was welcomed by Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins, who viewed it as vindication for appointing the Spaniard to his first managerial position just under a year ago.

Jenkins also stressed the club had no intention of letting their prized manager leave and is confident Martinez could achieve any immediate ambitions with Swansea.

"He hasn't been in the job 12 months yet and he's got a long way to go with us," Jenkins told BBC Wales Sport.

"It's natural we're going to get speculation with the team doing well under Roberto, but I'm not worried.

"When we do well as a club, Roberto is going to get linked with many positions but it's just something we're going to have to accept."

Swansea are flying high in League One this season, three points clear of Nottingham Forest at the top of the table and with a game in hand.

The south Wales club maintained their momentum on Saturday by overcoming a spirited Luton, beating the financially stricken club 3-1 at Kenilworth Road.

Swansea had their own brush with liquidation in 2002 and Martinez has every sympathy with the Hatters' plight.

"It's a sad situation, a club like Luton Town with a huge history, to be in this situation and I think we all feel for them," Martinez said.

"We hope they will turn the corner very quickly and they will have a bright future."

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