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Whelan Won't Block Martinez

Whelan Won't Block Martinez

Dave Whelan has confirmed on Sky Sports that although there has been no approach from Villa, they won't stand in his way this summer.

'I am not aware of any approach coming from Aston Villa or any other club. If anybody approaches him, he will tell me because he knows that if I feel the club is right, and he feels the club is right for him, I will let him go and will back him to the hilt.'

'Roberto and I have a complete understanding where we trust each other implicitly. We have a working relationship that is very upfront, open and honest.

'If anything comes up Roberto will see me and I will be the first to know.'

Roberto is also being linked to Liverpool....

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday May 15 2012
Time: 5:49PM


Their relationship has changed after whelan slagged him off a few months ago. I think he would say yes this time.
15/05/2012 17:55:00
15/05/2012 17:56:00
Whelan hasn't changed his stance that much if I remember correctly.... it was Martinez who was true to Wigan and refused our approach to even interview him.
Pride of Lions
15/05/2012 17:59:00
can't believe that Mick Mcarthy is favourite with Paddy power. I suddenly feel very sick
15/05/2012 18:08:00
I really can't see why people are so infatuated with Martinez. His really is really not all that impressive. He has had to fight relegation 3 years in a row at Wigan and has failed to build on previous years. More than that, Martinez represents a risk if appointed that Villa would be in another relegation fight. This would come at a time when the club REALLY shouldn't be taking risks. In contrast, if appointed, Paul Lambert would all but guarantee Villa finishing in the top ten if his record is anything to go by. He has had increased success at every club he has managed and Villa will be the best squad he has ever taken control of. Sorry but I can't see Martinez as being a success at Villa despite his attractive football.
15/05/2012 18:14:00
I don't know if its just me, but I don't get all this hype around Martinez - its all "Emperor's New Clothes" to me. He is in the relegation mix every year, and frankly, I've had enough of that for a lifetime. Considering the shambles McMuppet has left us in, it will take an experienced and skilled manager to sort out this mess. I just don't see Martinez being capable of that - Wigan flounder every season, and he only seems to get his act together and get them playing around March - and the state we are in, we need to get things back on an even keel much earlier than that.
15/05/2012 18:16:00
clbick3 - oh yea.. how about mccarthy then as he is now second favourite to get the job... where has this come from??
15/05/2012 18:16:00
clbick3 - you must have been typing at exactly the same time as I was! Glad to see it's not just me then.
15/05/2012 18:19:00
Would much prefer Lambert or AVB (unlikely I know). Someone is having a laugh with this Mick McCarthy nonsense. (Worryingly I said the same thing about McLeish this time last year!).
Adam Deuce
15/05/2012 18:34:00
Arsenal have Arsene, Man city have Mancini, why cant we have Andre VILLA boas??? we are apparently looking for a young, hungry and dynamic manager his 34 so it all just fits together :P
Gaz Random Hero
15/05/2012 18:40:00
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