Martinez praises Tate's attitude

13 March 2009 07:29
And the Swansea manager insisted Tate's honesty and positive reaction to being dropped makes him a role model to the club's younger players."I'm delighted with Alan's attitude," Martinez told BBC Sport. "He is a clear example of what Swansea City Football Club is about, Alan knows the reason why he didn't start this season and that is important."I haven't been surprised by Alan's reaction as I know him inside out, he is a fighter and a winner who wants to make up for lost time."He wants to play as often as he can - and not go through the motions, he wants to affect things on the pitch."In football the player makes his own decisions, nothing comes easy."You have two options; you either fight for it and show you're a winner or move on and find the easy way out."We have not got any characters who find the easy way out at this football club."We set high standards and not just in games but in training. Strong characters select themselves and Alan is one of them."But it is not just this season that Alan has performed for Swansea City, he has done it season after season since coming from Manchester United.

Source: BBC_Sport