Football - Howe hails `role model' Martinez

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe believes Roberto Martinez is the perfect role model for aspiring young managers as the 35-year-old prepares to put his side's 16-game unbeaten run on the line against the Barclays Premier League outfit.

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The Cherries are yet to taste defeat since Howe returned from Burnley to manage the club for a second time back in October. That impressive streak has lifted them into the npower League One promotion hunt and through to the third round of the FA Cup for the first time in seven years.

They head to the DW Stadium tomorrow looking for an upset against a Wigan side led by a manager who made his name playing an attractive brand of passing football in the lower leagues before making the step up.

"I think he (Martinez) is an excellent role model to aspiring young managers," Howe said. "He has got his clear beliefs and philosophies and doesn't waver from them.

"He is a gentleman off the pitch and conducts himself very well. I am a big fan of his and the jobs he has done at every club he has been at.

"I can't speak highly enough of him and it will be good to see him after the game as well. I like him as a man and he is certainly someone I will be speaking to."

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