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Name Roberto Martinez
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  Belgium Head Coach
Desc Perhaps it’s recency bias due to how shambolic his Everton side were in his final months but Roberto Martinez has a reputation as a charlatan that’s perhaps a little unfair. Not dissimilar to what Eddie Howe is doing now with Bournemouth, Martinez’ Wigan consistently punched above their weight by staying in the Premier League and their aesthetically pleasing football was an added bonus


Club as Coach Belgium National Team [Head Coach]

2016 02 13 Retrieve

[Everton manager Roberto Martinez responding to video of him busting a few moves at a Jason Derulo concert] That was me just warming up…no-one has seen me in full flow yet!

2016 02 13b Retrieve

[Roberto Martinez after 86 per cent of supporters who voted for nine-year-old George Shaw – who has cerebral palsy – to win the club’s goal of the month competition] He is a young man with incredible drive, not allowing any illness or disability to stop him achieving the dream that he wanted and the recognition is genuine recognition from every Everton fan

2016 08 05 Retrieve

[Roberto Martinez speaking at his first press conference as manager of the Belgium national team] I’ve been working with Belgian players and I’ve been intrigued by Belgian football, the talent of the Belgium players is there to be seen. I’m humbled, proud, honoured to be the head coach of Belgium as a country. It will be a special journey together, to support these players that have got the world at their feet

2017 03 25 Retrieve

[Roberto Martinez thinks forward Romelu Lukaku can be the best striker in the world] From a very young age, he had an incredible goalscoring threat. Any footballer that is special at the highest level, has to be outstanding at something. At the age of 23, I always believed he had the possibility of becoming the best No 9 in world football because he has absolutely everything. When you work with Rom, you understand he lives for the games. It’s all about football in his life. He always wants to do more in training. Rom is the goalscoring threat. From the age of 21 to 23, he has changed a lot. He wants to improve, he works on hold-up play and using his body. He has been working on his movement in the box

2017 10 28 Retrieve

[Roberto Martinez talks about the importance of assistant coach Thierry Henry to the squad] He has the know-how and the experience that comes with winning the World Cup, which is priceless for us because we have some mental barriers to break down if we’re going to achieve that

2018 06 09 Retrieve

[Roberto Martinez reveals what his side will need to show in order to succeed at Russia 2018] What is good about this generation is that when they come together, they are a group of players that are prepared to work for each other and be a team. I don’t think we should look any further than what we can achieve as a team and the team is made by outstanding individuals. But that’s probably what we need to work extremely hard in the preparation that we can add all of these individuals to become a strong team without expecting one single player to win a football game because that will never take us to where we want to get

2018 07 07 Retrieve

[Time after time, the Red Devils flew clear on the counter-attack, while the Canarinha, without the suspended Casemiro, were cut apart] I’m the happiest man on earth, I asked the players for a very tough tactical task and the way they believed in it until the last second was incredible

2018 07 09 Retrieve

[Roberto Martinez is surrounded by the faithful staff that served him during his tenures in charge of Swansea City, Wigan Athletic and Everton. The addition of Henry has brought an invaluable insight into how the game operates at the highest level] Me and my technical staff have been working for 12 years together. We have clarity. What we didn’t have is international experience, the knowhow of winning a World Cup and being expected to perform in front of the eyes of the world. Thierry Henry brings that. We cannot follow the path of another Belgian generation who won a World Cup. Thierry Henry brings that [experience] as a footballer of elite thoughts. He was the perfect missing piece in our group

2019 04 14 Retrieve

[Watford wing wizard Deulofeu showing why he was once called the new Messi] He’s got that talent that you dream to have, he’s got the talent that anyone would pay for a ticket to watch him. [He can be] as good as he wants - that’s a big part.

2019 05 24 Retrieve

[What ex-Arsenal and Barca hero Sylvinho can learn from Henry disaster] He’s a good coach and a great person, he really knows football. I’m sure he’s ready. He will achieve great things. When he was at Inter with me, he did absolutely everything. What struck me most is that he was tactically very prepared. He will opt for an offensive game. Next season, Lyon will play a nice game

2020 02 27 Retrieve

[Despite being just 18, Yari Verschaeren is already a full international having put in a series of impressive displays for Anderlecht over the past year] It will be interesting to see an 18-year-old among those men who already have more than 100 caps. The whole of Belgian football must be happy to have such a talent again. And also as a person he is fantastic. He is a future ambassador of Belgian football. I have been following Yari very closely for over a year. We are talking about a very, very talented player here. If you look at his past years, you can see that he has always adjusted very quickly to any level

2020 07 03 Retrieve

[Roberto Martinez says the EFL should investigate after his former club Wigan fell into administration] When you see a club going into administration you get a little bit of a shock. Straight away you get that sad feeling of a football institution, which means so much to the community and its fans, that goes into administration. In Wigan Athletic’s case it was an even bigger shock. You need to look back at the change of ownership in November 2018, you’re talking about 19 months. This is a wonderful family club that had no debt whatsoever, had fantastic assets with the two training grounds and a stadium, and all of a sudden is in a situation to go into administration. So I was totally shocked

It has been an inspirational club for many families around the north-west, but other clubs as well, that things can be achieved if you plan and work well, that you can play in the Premier League, reach Europe, and engrave your name in the most famous cup competition in the world. That’s the story of Wigan Athletic. The fans don’t deserve this