Martin signs three-year deal to become new Swansea manager

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Martin signs three-year deal to become new Swansea manager

Russell Martin has been appointed Swansea’s new manager on a three-year deal.

The former Scotland international moves to the Liberty Stadium from MK Dons, despite initially rejecting the Swans’ approach.

The Championship club – – refused to give up and will pay around £400,000 compensation for Martin.


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and will be joined by Luke Williams, Matt Gill and Dean Thornton from his coaching staff in Milton Keynes.

Chief executive Julian Winter told the club’s official website: “We are delighted with the appointment of Russell as our new head coach.

“He very much fits the profile of a young and hungry coach who wants to succeed. After earning plaudits with Milton Keynes Dons for the attractive, attacking style that he implemented, we quickly realised Russell would be the right person to take us forward.

“He captained Peterborough and Norwich as well as winning promotion on five separate occasions (as a player), which tells you everything about his leadership qualities and winning mentality.”

Martin was appointed at Stadium MK in November 2019 and guided the club away from relegation danger in his first season.

Last term the Dons finished 13th in League One and only Manchester City and had a higher possession percentage in Europe.

Swansea made an official approach for Martin on Friday, a day before the Dons’ first game of the season which angered the League One club.

They lost 5-0 to Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup first round, Martin’s final game in charge.

A Dons statement on Saturday read: “MK Dons can confirm that an official approach has been made by Swansea City to speak to Russell Martin regarding their vacant managerial position.

“To our extreme disappointment, this was received less than 24 hours prior to our first competitive fixture of the season. To minimise disruption to our players and our match preparation, it was decided that this would be discussed after today’s game.”

Former Chelsea number two Jody Morris had been a contender for the Swansea job while QPR assistant boss John Eustace looked poised to take control but opted to stay at Rangers after holding talks with the Swans.

 

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Arteta confirms Xhaka will remain at Arsenal despite Roma links

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Arteta confirms Xhaka will remain at Arsenal despite Roma links

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says Granit Xhaka will not be leaving the Emirates this summer.

The midfielder is thought to be a top target for Jose Mourinho at Roma.

suggested Xhaka had agreed personal terms with the Italian side, but it now looks like the 28-year-old will be competing in the Premier League again this season.



Xhaka scored Arsenal’s only goal in their 2-1 friendly defeat to earlier on Sunday.

Speaking about the Swiss international after the game, Arteta said: “Granit is going to stay with us. He is a key member of our squad.”

Xhaka has been a divisive figure at times and was even booed off by his own fans in October 2019.

But he remains a vital part of Arteta’s plans. He also showed his class at this summer’s European Championship.

The enforcer put in a brilliant display against world champions France in the round of 16 .

Vladimir Petkovic’s side were eventually knocked out by in the quarters.

Arteta’s comments will be music to the ears of Arsenal legend Ian Wright, who claimed last month that there’s ‘no way’ the Gunners should consider selling Xhaka.

Following the victory over France, : “That is the best I’ve ever seen him [Xhaka] play.

“I feel for him because he’s someone I’ve been very critical of in the past and when you see a performance like, do you blame him or the coaches for not getting those performances out of him in the past?

“I have never seen him used to that effect. There’s no way Arsenal should be selling a player that can play like that, at that level.

“So unfortunately for us it looks like he is going but I’m delighted for him because he’s answered a lot of critics. He was magnificent.”

It’s believed Roma opened transfer negotiations on May 29 with a bid worth €13million. That was rejected by Arsenal as they value Xhaka at €20m.

The two clubs were then engaged in talks to meet somewhere in the middle, before a deal came to a halt earlier this week.

. His current deal is worth £100,000 a week and runs until 2023.

 

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