Roberto Martinez Snubs Aston Villa To Stay At Wigan

DW Stadium boss will not be going to Villa Park.

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Aston Villa have been rebuffed in their attempts to lure Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez to Villa Park.

The Midlands club were granted permission to speak to the Spaniard by Latics chairman Dave Whelan earlier this week, despite the Sports magnate’s confidence Martinez would say no.

Whelan always insisted that he would not stand in the way of the highly-regarded young tactician, but he can now plan with him for next season.

Villa now have to continue their search for a new manager after losing out on Carlo Ancelotti and Rafael Benitez, while Steve McClaren was vetoed by the club’s supporters.

“Roberto met with his chairman earlier this week and he has made the decision to honour his commitment to Wigan,” a statement from Villa’s website read.

“Therefore, we have not met Roberto and we have not had the opportunity to discuss the vacant managerial role with him.

“We remain focused and are working hard to secure the best candidate for Aston Villa who will complement the club’s commitment to be true to our heritage competitiveness and passionate fan base.

“We will have the new manager in place to prepare the players for the pre-season programme and next season’s campaign.”

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