Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has turned down the opportunity to take on the managerial position at Aston Villa, pledging commitment to his current club.
While there were reports speculating that Martinez had met with Villa, the official Villa website released a statement saying they had not been able to meet with Martinez as he had pledged his alliance with Wigan.
“Roberto's qualities as a young and aspirational manager ensured him of a position high on our short list of potential new managers,” Villa said.
“Given that he had one year remaining on his contract at Wigan, we made an official approach through the proper channels, though we were aware of a commitment he had made to his Club to agree and sign a new contract following the final game of last season.
“Roberto met with his chairman earlier this week and he has made the decision to honour his commitment to Wigan.
“Therefore, we have not met Roberto and we have not had the opportunity to discuss the vacant managerial role with him.”
With Martinez committing to Wigan, Villa will now continue their search for a manager, with Alex McLeish, Mark Hughes and Steve McClaren all looking possible suitors for the job.
While the club have insisted they are taking their time to find the right man for the job, Villa will be looking to appoint a manager in time to map out a transfer strategy.