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Martinez laughs off Man Utd link

Roberto Martinez
Martinez recently signed a new long term contract at Swansea

Swansea boss Roberto Martinez has rubbished claims he could be in line to be Sir Alex Ferguson's number two at Manchester United.

Martinez is one of the favourites to take the vacant role at Old Trafford.

But the League One manager of the year said: "It is a huge compliment coming from the best football club in Europe, but it's a compliment for Swansea City.

"There's nothing to be making decisions on, I've got too much work on my hands here at the moment."

Bookmakers have placed Spaniard Martinez as a front runner along with Brian McClair and Mike Phelan despite only one year's managerial experience.

In that year he led Swansea City to the League One title with a club-record 92 points and secured a place in the second level of English football for the first time in 24 years.

Martinez's rapidly growing reputation and his contacts abroad are being touted as the reasons why he could be in the frame.

Ferguson is looking for a new assistant after Carlos Queiroz left to take the job of coaching his native Portugal on Friday.

But he insists the Premier League and Champions League winners are in no rush.

"You take your time with these things," said Ferguson.

"I knew when Portugal came for him that it would be very difficult for us. But we've good staff and we'll carry on."




see also
Martinez crowned manager of year
13 May 08 |  Swansea
Martinez is the toast of Swansea
13 Apr 08 |  Swansea
BBC Sport Wales coverage
24 Dec 06 |  Wales


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