Martinez - No regrets
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez insists he made the right decision when he turned down the chance to manage Aston Villa last summer.
Last Updated: 25/02/12 11:53am
Roberto Martinez insists he made the right decision when he turned down the chance to manage Aston Villa last summer as he wanted repay the faith shown in him by Wigan Athletic.
Back in June, Villa chairman Randy Lerner approached the Latics asking to speak to the 38-year-old about replacing Gerard Houllier in the Villa Park hot seat.
However, after talks with Wigan chairman Dave Whelan, Martinez chose to turn down the Midlands club to stay in the North West.
Martinez is preparing his side to face Villa at the DW Stadium on Saturday with the club bottom of the Premier League and in urgent need of points if they are to avoid relegation.
Despite yet another campaign battling against the drop, the Spaniard insists he has no regrets about staying at Wigan as he felt he needed to repay the club for backing him when the team was struggling.
"I have no regrets. The decision to stay here wasn't an emotional decision. It was a well thought out decision," he said.
"It was an agreement and a chance to repay the loyalty and support that the chairman and Wigan in general gave me.
"That was the right decision from a human point of view and that will never change.
"The chairman said he wanted to work three years with me and, no matter what, he would give me support.
"And the truth is that in difficult times he always showed that loyalty and support. When the Villa job came up, that was my time to show my loyalty and my support back to him."