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|Premier League Clubs||Wigan Athletic|
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Former Wigan Athletic player Roberto Martinez returned to his old club after being appointed to succeed Steve Bruce as manager of the Latics, having made his name as an exciting young coach with Swansea City.
At the age of 35, Martinez returned to Wigan eight years after ending a six-year spell at the club as a player, when he had earned a reputation as a cult hero with the Wigan fans after making more than 200 appearances for the club and helping them gain promotion to the third tier of English football.
His playing career also included spells at Real Zaragoza and Swansea, who gave the Spaniard his first opportunity to move into management, as he succeeded Kenny Jackett as the Welsh club’s boss in 2007.
Martinez won many plaudits for the free-flowing style of play he implemented at Swansea and he guided the club to the League 1 title in his first season in charge.
Since returning to the DW Stadium as manager, Martinez guided Wigan to safety each season, including a ‘great escape’ in the 2011/12 campaign when they won seven of their last nine matches to avoid the drop, a run that won him the Manager of the Month award in April 2012.
However, Martinez couldn’t repeat the feat in a bitter sweet 2012/13 season when Wigan were relegated to the Championship. However, just three days before their league fate was sealed by Arsenal, Wigan won the first major trophy in their history by defeating reigning Premier League champions Manchester City 1-0 to lift the FA Cup trophy.
Real Zaragoza: 1993-94