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Roberto Martinez factfile


Roberto Martinez


1973: Born July 13 in Balaguer, Spain.

1993: Begins his playing career with Balaguer in the Spanish third division.

1995: Signs for Primera Division club Real Zaragoza.

July - After only five league appearances for Zaragoza moves to Wigan, becoming one of the club's 'three amigos' alongside compatriots Isidro Diaz and Jesus Seba.

2001: July - Joins Scottish side Motherwell on a free transfer after nearly 200 league appearances for the Latics.

2002: August - Moves to Walsall.

2003: January - Signs a short-term contract at Swansea and helps them escape relegation from the Football League on the last day of the season.

June - Makes Swansea move permanent.

2006: Joins Chester after more than a century of league appearances for the Swans.

2007: February - Appointed manager of Swansea in League One, replacing Kenny Jackett.

2008: April - Leads Swansea to the League One title.

2009: May - Helps the Swans finish eighth in their first season back in the Championship, eight points off a play-off place.

June 15 - Appointed as Steve Bruce's replacement as manager of Wigan on three-year contract.

August 15 - Kicks off his Latics reign with a 2-0 win at Aston Villa.

2010: January 29 - Calls for competitive football to take a break during the transfer window after claiming players were distracted by speculation.

May 9 - Despite rounding off the season with an 8-0 drubbing at champions Chelsea, Wigan finish 16th in the Premier League, six points above the relegation zone.

June 2 - Fined by the Football Association and warned as to his future conduct after criticising referee Stuart Attwell for sending off Wigan defender Gary Caldwell during a match against Manchester City in March.

August 28 - Wigan make a dreadful start to the season, losing their opening three league games in which they concede 11 goals and score none.

2011: May 22 - A 1-0 win at Stoke proves to be enough to keep Wigan in the Premier League.

June 9 - Wigan chairman Dave Whelan confirms he has given permission for Aston Villa to speak to Martinez regarding their managerial vacancy.

June 10 - Martinez announces his intention to remain at Wigan and signs a three-year extension to his contract at the DW Stadium.

May - Wigan finish the season three points and two places above the Premier League relegation zone, with 42 points.

2012: May 13 - Wigan finish the season with a flourish. A 3-2 defeat of relegated Wolves is their seventh win in nine games, ensuring they finish six points clear of the relegation zone in 15th position, with 43 points.

May 17 - Whelan reveals managerless Liverpool have made an approach for Martinez and the manager has been given permission to speak to the Anfield side.

May 30 - Whelan confirms Martinez is staying at the club.

2013: May 11 - Martinez leads Wigan to FA Cup glory as they stun Manchester City 1-0 in the final at Wembley.

May 14 - Three days later Wigan are relegated following a 4-1 defeat at Arsenal.

May 28 - Whelan confirms Martinez has asked to leave Wigan and been given permission to speak to Everton.

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