11 Jun 2011

Martinez to stay at Wigan Athletic

6:53 am on 11 June 2011

The Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez has agreed a new three-year contract after rejecting an approach from rival English Premier League football club Aston Villa.

The Spaniard was high on the shortlist of potential candidates to fill the manager's role at Villa Park after Gerard Houllier quit due to health reasons on June the 1st.

Martinez joined Wigan from then second division side Swansea City in 2009 and quickly developed a reputation for playing attractive, passing football.

Budget restraints, however, have meant he has been unable to invest substantial sums in the team and he has struggled to propel them up the table.

They narrowly avoided relegation from the Premier League on the final day of this season following a 16th place finish the campaign before.

Martinez's decision means Aston Villa are still no closer to replacing Houllier and installing a new boss at Villa Park.

They have been linked in the British media with former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez and ex-England boss Steve McClaren.