Saturday 15 June 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
After the departure of manager Steve Bruce to Sunderland Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan selected Swansea City’s Roberto Martinez to lead his team.
The 35-year-old Spaniard was returning to the club which first welcomed him to English football and where he spent six seasons playing 180 times for the Latics. After some initial wrangling over compensation a deal was agreed on 15 June for the man who had led Swansea back to the second tier for the first time in 24 years.
"Steve Bruce has done a magnificent job," Martinez said at his first press conference. "Finishing 11th was a great achievement, but now we need to carry on improving the squad and then be realistic, be patient, work hard and try to stay in the Premier League. After that we need to have a dream, which for Wigan is to one day play in Europe."
Over four years Martinez maintained that objective, keeping Wigan in the Barclays Premier League while playing attractive football. Last season he fulfilled the dream of taking Wigan into Europe by leading the club to their first major trophy, beating Manchester City to win the FA Cup. Unfortunately, in the next match their relegation from the Barclays Premier League was confirmed.
Martinez remained much respected and this month was named the successor to David Moyes as Everton manager.