All Work And No Play Makes Roberto Tick…..

Friday, 22 February 2008, 11:34
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The Swans boss has revealed that he has had just three days off in his year in management and doesn’t show any plans to change that this time around, telling the Evening Post “I had three days off last summer and that’s been it

“But if you’re a manager and you’re looking to see where you might get your next day off, you’re in the wrong job.

“In football you cannot pick and choose when to have days off. Your job tells you when you can have a little break and at the moment there isn’t time.

“I think that if you take days off, you’re going to miss something.

“You don’t get a lot of time to yourself, but that’s the way the job is.

“I always say that if there were 30 hours in a day, I could use them all.

“People think the close season is the easiest time for a manager,” says Martinez, “but actually the opposite it true.

“You have to make sure you bring the right people in, and that was a critical period for us.”

At least the coming summer should be less hectic.

“I’m very proud of the squad we have now, so that makes things easier,” Martinez concedes.

“There will be fewer players coming in this summer, without a doubt, because I believe continuity is a big thing in football.

“You have to make plans, of course, and certain things are already in place ready for another year in League One next season and other things are in place for the Championship.

“But we are in a great position at Swansea City because we have six or seven players who would be worthy winners of the player-of-the-season award.

“We also have a very responsible squad. From the skipper down, there’s a big desire to be successful.

“If you have long-term targets, it becomes easy to lose focus,” Martinez says.

“My aim is to be as successful as possible this season, starting against Luton and then throughout March, which could be a decisive month in our season.”

So there’s not much chance of a spell relaxing any time soon, then.

There have been stories of Martinez staying up through the night assessing Swansea’s match videos, particularly after one of those rare defeats.

But he stresses: “I need my sleep. As a player you need eight hours, and as a manager you need seven.

“As I say to the players, you need sleep and you need good food, otherwise you cannot push your body.

“You don’t walk into football management expecting to enjoy yourself,” Martinez insists.

“The most important thing is that you make sure 30 players are enjoying their football.

“There’s not much time to enjoy things yourself.”

Images courtesy of Getty Images, Athena Picture Agency and Swansea City Football Club.
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