Roberto Martinez is well respected around Premier League circles and regarded as one of the finest young managers in Europe.
Deservedly so; keeping Wigan on the Premier League year after year has been no easy task. And to have achieved this without the boot and bash approach of some of his nearest relegation rivals has been commendable.
Highly promising, widely respected, well liked, but still at Wigan.
Martinez was interested in moving on and there were nibbles of interest from bigger clubs over the summer; most notebaly from Liverpool. But ultimately no offer to move onwards and upwards came in.
Why is it that no team was willing to take the plunge on a manager so well respected? Why were Liverpool seduced by the prospect of Brendan Rodgers over Martinez despite Rodgers' teams typically being goal shy?
Could Martinez's penchant for regularly fielding a back five have counted against him?
After all, Liverpool still do seem to possess the delusion that they are above it all despite only really being mid-table also rans. You could invisage that the thought of lining up with five defenders when the World's best sides are mastering tiki taka might not seem ideal to an institution that believes that they belong at the top.
Today against Chelsea, Martinez lined up with two players who have spent a lot of their careers playing at centre back, Emerson Boyce and Maynor Figueroa, as wing backs. In the off season, he made strengthening the centre of his defence with the arrival if Ivan Ramis a priority. The purpose was to play the more defensive Figeuroa on the left side ahead of the more attacking Jean Beausejor.
Of course, Martinez is just being pragmatic and deploying a structure that he believes will keep Wigan away from relegation yet again. But in doing so he runs the risk of being type-cast as a manager who's just really great at relegation time.