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Former Chelsea coach hopes Spanish boss is well received at the Liberty Stadium having spent two successful years there before leaving the club for the Latics in 2009

Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers hopes former manager Roberto Martinez will get a good reception when he returns to the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

Martinez left the club in 2009 to join Wigan in the Premier League after managing the Swans for two years.

The current boss is hopeful that the fans will respect their former favourite after turning the club’s fortunes around in his time in Wales.

"He is a good man and he served the club very well," Rodgers told reporters.

"It shows what people think of him here when we are asking two years on what sort of reception he will get.

"He made a great contribution to the club. I would say to the supporters to give him a good reception and when the game starts to throw everything behind Swansea.

"He obviously felt as a career move it was best for him to move on, and he wasn't leaving for any club - he was leaving for a club he knew very well and who brought him to the country.

"He is a terrific part of the story here and I respect that, and I am sure the supporters will respect that.

"He did a fantastic job here as a player and a manager. You go back to when he played here, he was captain of the club and he understood the club and where it was at. He was a guy who this club meant a lot to.

"When he was here he did fantastic and I am sure he will get a good reception. He laid the foundations here and played a part in the progress of the club."

Rodgers is looking forward to his side’s first home Premier League fixture and he believes the crowd will play an important part in their clash with Wigan.

The Northern Irishman thinks his side's home form will be crucial if they are to survive in the Premier League this season.

He added: "As a newly promoted side you need to make your home a fortress. That was important for us last year and it is no different this year," he said.

"It will be an historic day and it's one we are looking forward to, but irrespective of who it is we want to pick up our first three points.

"We have a wonderful stadium and it will be rocking with 20,000 people in - it will feel more like 40,000."

 

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