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Wigan set to name Martinez as new coach

sports Updated: Jun 08, 2009 18:21 IST

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English Premier League side Wigan are set to name former player Roberto Martinez as their new coach on Wednesday, press reports said.

The 35-year-old Spaniard, currently manager at Swansea, will replace Steve Bruce, who has taken over at Sunderland.

Wigan owner Dave Whelan told the Evening Post newspaper: "Everything is almost agreed, the only reason it has not been signed up is because I'm in Mallorca.

"I'm due back on Wednesday, the deal will be completed then, and we'll have a press conference on Thursday. I hope that Roberto stays with us for quite a long time.

"I was really sad to lose Steve Bruce, who was a great manager for Wigan but Roberto is a wonderful man who knows football inside out."

Martinez guided Swansea to the League One title last year and then finished within two places of the Championship play-offs last season.

He met Wigan chief executive Brenda Spencer last week to begin negotiations after she was given permission to speak to him once a compensation deal was agreed.

Should the move go through as anticipated - Spencer confirmed they had held "positive talks" - it will complete a remarkable journey for the Spaniard.

He joined the club 1995 and stayed six years, plying his trade in England's lower leagues before eventually turning his hand to coaching and management.