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Martinez promises no Swansea raid

Roberto Martinez
Martinez played nearly 200 games for Wigan between 1995 and 2001

New Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has promised former club Swansea City that he will not raid the south Wales club for their star players.

The Spaniard, 35, has been linked with a number of his former players after sealing a move to the JJB Stadium.

"I will never move for Swansea players unless they are in the market or other clubs show an interest," Martinez said.

"I would never go back to Swansea just to do that and pinch players. We will not do things that are not honourable."

Trinidad and Tobago striker Jason Scotland, Swansea's 24-goal top-scorer last season, £3m-rated Dutch midfielder Ferrie Bodde, Spanish full-back Angel Rangel and teenage Wales midfielder Joe Allen were all highly-rated by Martinez.

Some Swansea supporters have voiced their discontent at his departure, but Martinez takes great satisfaction from his time in Wales.


"If the fans are disappointed, it is because they enjoyed the last two and a half years. I think it is the moment to look back and see how successful Swansea have been," Martinez added.

"I gave everything to try to bring success on the pitch, to play in a certain way and improve the club. I think we achieved that.

"In that respect we should all be proud together. Who comes in to manage that club is a very lucky man. From a distance I will be cheering, hoping Swansea take the next step."

Martinez does not have the Uefa Pro Licence, a requirement of managing in the Premier League, but is working towards it.

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan is adamant the authorities will grant dispensation to his new man.

"You need to get the qualifications. It is vital. I am looking forward to finishing the A licence," Martinez said.

"There is a need in the modern game to do that. I hope I will complete it very soon."

One of Martinez's first appointments at the JJB is expected to be a return to the club for Wigan's former manager Graham Barrow as new reserve team boss.

A legend as a player in Wigan's days at Springfield Park, Barrow, 55, is currently assistant manager at Altrincham.

Barrow, who has also managed Chester City (twice), Rochdale and Bury, spent 14 months in charge of Wigan between August 1994 and October 1995.

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