Friday, 10 June 2011

Martinez rejects Aston Villa

So its official, Roberto Martinez has turned down an opportunity to become Aston Villa manager. Villa had gone through all the right channels to talk to Martinez and Martinez himself was gave Dave Whelan's blessing.
However, Roberto has turned down the opportunity to move to a bigger club, with a bigger budget, bigger stadium, bigger fan base and most certainly a better personal wage.

Martinez, 37, has established a reputation for attractive football during two years in charge at Wigan and in an earlier, promotion-winning stint at Swansea.
He also spoke often of his commitment to the Latics and their youthful squad during the recently-concluded campaign, which saw Wigan escape relegation from the Premier League only on the final day.
Can he really take Wigan further? This is a young squad, and most players will only use Wigan Athletic as a stepping stone in their careers. The wage budget also will struggle to attract any big names and their established big names, such as N'Zogbia look to be on their way out.
I personally think Martinez has made a big mistake, though I do think they will narrowly avoid relegation again as I believe the 3 newly promoted sides, QPR, Norwich and Swansea will all go down.
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Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Fulham appoint Martin Jol as Manager

Back in England?
So as I predicted in one of my posts a couple of weeks ago, Mark Hughes has parted company with Fulham.
Today they have confirmed the appointment of Martin Jol.
Lets face it, Mark Hughes is a good manager, and he went to Fulham when his options were limited, but now he has a chance to apply to the Villa job, and as I predicted earlier, I think he may return to Blackburn providing Steve Kean is relieved of his duties.
So why has Martin Jol chose Fulham? They aren't the biggest club, they have a small ground and are a mid table team. Maybe Jol has already been knocked back by Villa. One thing is for sure, what ever he wants to achieve at Fulham he will have to do it on a budget.

My prediction: Fulham will finish in the bottom 5 in the 2011/12 season.

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