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If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it?

July 11, 2009

Wigan’s new manager Roberto Martinez has just signed his 3rd player since joining the club. One of them is Honduran, Hendry Thomas, a player Martinez probably didn’t know he was going to sign. The other two, however, he knows very well. Jordi Gomez and Jason Scotland both played for him at Swansea, and obviously they had a good relationship with the boss. So much so, that the gaffer decided to bring him along for his memorable, but possibly short Premier League journey.

I like Martinez as a manager, but I have always been against bringing players from your old clubs, with the only exception being that these players are playing in the same league in the same division. Crossing over from divisions, or countries, is a risky move that usually ends in failure.They may have been good in the division they were at, but that might not be the case in the EPL.

It also doesn’t help Martinez’s case in that he himself was never a Premier League player, and never experienced it first hand. However, that doesn’t always mean failure as we have seen that just because you are a bad player, it doesn’t make you a good manager. Refer to Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger for details.

The problem with buying players from your old club is, not only are they not guaranteed for success, they probably cost the club a lot more than market price, because of your previous boss knows you want them because you know them. As the saying goes, familiarity breeds contempt.

I just hope that Martinez has done his homework and watched enough EPL games to know the standard of quality expected there, are well within the capcities of the players he promoted from the Championship. Otherwise, he will end up without a job, and his players will be shipped back to where they really belong.

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