MARTINEZ
ROBERTO
MARTINEZ

Roberto Martinez was most recently head coach of the Belgian national team.

Martinez has enjoyed a meteoric start in management after being appointed by Swansea City in February, 2007.

The promotion-winning Spaniard landed no fewer than four manager of the month accolades inside his first two years in the job - plus the LMA's League One manager of the year award.

This followed Swansea's return to the second tier for the first time in 24 years at the end of Martinez's first full season at the helm.

Success continued in the Championship with Swansea finishing 8th and just missing out on a play-off place.

Roberto, who began his playing career in his native Spain, has become steeped in English football after making the UK his adopted country. He was recruited as one of Wigan Athletic's famed "Three Amigos" after joining the Lancashire club in 1995 along with Jesus Seba and Isidro Diaz.

Martinez made 227 appearances in six seasons with Wigan. After spells with Motherwell and Walsall, he joined Swansea as a player in January, 2003 - and, as captain, helped the club fight off relegation from the Football League with survival only secured on the last day.

Roberto went on to make 122 appearances for the Welsh team before winding up his playing career at Chester. His return to Swansea as manager was a rapid success.

In his first season in charge of Wigan, following his move from Swansea, Martinez help to retain the club's place in the Barclays Premier League with a 16th place finish. Notable wins included an opening day win at Villa Park and home victories over Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal.

He improved the Latics points tally by six, in the 2010/11 campaign after guiding the club to a dramatic last day win at Stoke City to ensure their Barclays Premier League status.

Another impressive season followed in 2011/12 particularly in the second half of the campaign with Wigan winning seven of their last nine matches. He was awarded the Barclays Manager of the Month Award for the first time in his managerial career after an outstanding April with the Latics.

The following season, Martinez created history by guiding Wigan to victory in The FA Cup final against Manchester City at Wembley. It was their first major trophy in the club's 81-year existence and he also secured European football for the following campaign. The feat ensured that Wigan became the 43rd club to win The FA Cup and Martinez being only the second Spanish manager to lift the trophy after Rafael Benitez.

After joining Everton he led the Club to their highest ever Barclays Premier League points tally with 72, which resulted in a 5th place finish. This ensured European football for the 2014/15 season.

Honours (9)
  • domestic-trophies
    • Wigan Athletic:
      • FA Cup Winners, (2013-05-11)
  • personal-awards
    • Wigan Athletic:
      • Budweiser FA Cup Manager of the Year, (2012-05-30)
      • Manager of the Month, Premier League, (2012-04-01)
    • Swansea City:
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet Championship, (2009-01-01)
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet League One, (2008-01-01)
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet League One, (2007-12-01)
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet League One, (2007-10-01)
      • Manager of the Year, League One, (2007-01-01)
  • league-titles
    • Swansea City:
      • Coca Cola League One Champions, (2008-05-03)
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