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Swansea visit Wigan in Carling Cup

Swansea gave Roberto Martinez his managerial break in February 2007
Swansea gave Roberto Martinez his managerial break in February 2007

Swansea City will face former manager Roberto Martinez after they were drawn away to Wigan Athletic in the Carling Cup fourth round.

Martinez quit Swansea last summer for the Latics after just over two years in in which he led them to the League One title.

Swansea reached the fourth round after beating League One side Peterborough United.

The match will be played on Tuesday 26 October (1945 BST).

Swansea handed former captain Martinez his first managerial job by the Welsh club as a 33-year-old in February 2007 following the departure of Kenny Jackett.

The Spaniard went on to put the Swans on the football map for introducing an attractive, passing brand of football, winning many plaudits.

In his first full season, Martinez guided them to the League One title and then narrowly missed out on a place in the Championship play-offs in their first season at second tier level for 24 years.

But Wigan, the club he first played for when arriving in the UK in 1995 as part of the "Three Amigos", came calling last summer and Martinez left.

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins said at the time that the departure of Martinez and his coaching staff had "clearly ripped the heart out of" the club.

It also angered a number of fans as Martinez had previously gone on record saying he would only leave the club if he was forced out.

"When that game comes along, no doubt everyone connected with Swansea City will want to go there and win the game," Jenkins said after the draw.

"I think things have calmed down a little bit from when he left the club... and everybody realises there's a lot of life left in Swansea City without Roberto there."

Just days before the tie, Swansea face Martinez's successor Paulo Sousa in the Championship after he quit this summer for Leicester City.


Carling Cup fourth round draw:

Newcastle United v Arsenal

Birmingham City v Brentford

Wigan Athletic v Swansea City

Aston Villa v Burnley

Leicester City v West Bromich Albion

Manchester United v Wolves

West Ham United v Stoke City



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see also
Life after Roberto Martinez
08 Jun 09 |  Swansea
Wigan finally land boss Martinez
15 Jun 09 |  Wigan
BBC Sport Wales coverage
03 Oct 11 |  Wales


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