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Dream has become a reality for Martinez

Wigan's season-opener at Aston Villa today will mark the start of a Premier League dream for new manager Roberto Martinez.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez.
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez.

Wigan's season-opener at Aston Villa today will mark the start of a Premier League dream for new manager Roberto Martinez. The Spaniard signed for Wigan as a player in 1995 when, as a member of the "Three Amigos", he was joined at a crumbling Springfield Park by countrymen Jesus Seba and Isidro Diaz. The Latics were then playing in the bottom division of English football. Martinez said: "Dave Whelan [the owner] was a very infectious character. He told us the only reason he bought the club was to play in the Premier League and to build a new stadium and when Mr Whelan tells you something you immediately believe that he is going to achieve it." Aston Villa v Wigan, KO 6pm, Showsports 4