Peterborough right-back Russell Martin joined Norwich on loan
on 25th November 2009, until 4th January 2010.
On the capture of Martin, manager Paul
Lambert told the club's official website: "I had him
as a player at Wycombe and he did brilliantly for me there. When
I was leaving Wycombe at the time he came to me and said he had
the opportunity to join Peterborough, which he went on to do and
again he has been brilliant from them. Captaining them to promotion
shows he has resilience and that winning mentality which is what
we have here. He is coming in to a vibrant squad and it is up
to him now to stake his claim for a place in the team."
The 23-year-old joined Peterborough from Wycombe Wanderers in
the summer of 2008 having previously started his career at his
home-town club of Brighton & Hove Albion.
Martin made a total of 142 appearances in all competitions for
Wycombe, scoring five goals and reaching the 2007-08 play-off
semi-finals under Paul Lambert, where they lost 2-1 on aggregate
to Stockport County.
His move to London Road saw him become a first team regular at
right-back, and in his first season with the Posh he captained
the club to automatic promotion to the Coca-Cola Championship.
He has made 66 appearances for Peterborough in all competitions,
scoring one goal.
Having made seven starts for the Canaries whilst on loan, Russell
transferred to City for an undisclosed fee on 4th January 2010
signing a 2 and a half year contract. He finished the season with
27 appearances as Norwich won the League One title)
A fine start to the Championship campaign with Norwich saw Martin
linked by The Sun and Sky Sports with a switch to
Blackburn on 27th December 2010 for a reported £600k
Norwich won a second promotion, moving up to the Premiership,
on 2nd May 2011 with a 1-0 win at Portsmouth with Martin playing
a key role (49 appearances, 5 goals) for the Canaries. He was
runner up in the Player of the Year award
Called up to the Scotland squad, he made his debut for Scotland
on 25th May 2011 as a substitute in a 3-1 win over Wales.
Russell finished the 2011/12 season with 37 appearances abd 2
goals as Norwich finished 12th in the Premier League. He made
34 appearances the following season as City finished 11th in the
He made 35 appearances in the 2013/14 season in which Norwich
were relegated from the Premier League.
Martin was named as Norwich's club captain for the 2014/15 season
on 11th July 2014. Manager Neil Adams
said Russell is someone who can lead by example, hes
an excellent example of how a professional should conduct himself
and hes an excellent player as well. He is the captain and
hes the singular captain this year. I know in previous seasons
here theres been a team captain and a club captain
but I think its better to have one. And Russ is the one
Ive chosen. Its important to stress as well
and Ive spoken to Russ and the team about it that
with Russ being the team captain doesnt mean its a
guaranteed starting place every week. Hes the same as everyone
else in terms of being a squad player. You hope your captain is
in the team but he knows if he isnt playing well, then we
will pick another captain for the day. Results are the only thing
that matter but to get those results you need to set the
right examples. Not just on the training ground or in games, but
off the pitch as well. The discipline, the wellbeing of players,
the way to be a professional you need someone who does
all that automatically.
In April 2015, Martin was named in the Championship Team of the
Martin made 49 appearances for City in 2014/15 scoring twice.
He played in both Championship play-off semi-finals as well as
in the 2-0 Championship
Play-off final victory over Middlesbrough on 25th May 2015
Martin made 29 appearances for City in 2015/16, scoring three goals, as the Canaries were relegated from the Premier League.
In July 2016, there was media speculation linking Martin with a return to Brighton.
Martin made 40 appearances in 2016/17 which took him to over 300 appearances for City. He also scored two goals.
After the 4-0 defeat to Millwall in August 2017, Martin didn't appear in the first team. This led to reports in the Daily Record linking him with a loan move to Scottish giants Rangers in the January 2018 transfer window.He eventually signed for Rangers on 16th January 2018. Martin said "At this stage in my career to come here, it really excites me. It's a challenge as well. Huge football club. It was the one that I really wanted to happen. There was other offers from the Championship in England so I'm really pleased to get it done."Rangers' boss Graeme Murty knows Martin from his time at Carrow Road. He made 17 appearances for Rangers
Russell left Norwich on 31st August 2018 by mutual consent after he had been left playing with the Under-23s. He said "It's not been easy for anyone, this situation I've been in. I really appreciate the fact that the club and I have agreed to do it, basically because it means I'm free to go and play football somewhere and start again.The last year hasn't been ideal and it hasn't ended as how I would have wanted it to, but I'll always care for this football club and the people involved with it," Russell then joined West Brom on trial in September 2018.
On 19th October 2018, he joined League One side Walsall as Player-Coach until the end of the 2018/19 season. Saddlers manager Dean Keates played alongside Martin while at Peterborough.
Martin left Walsall in January 2019 for family reasons and joiend MK Dons on 15th January 2019. He helped them win promotion to League One on 4th May 2019 and was coaching at the Dons whilst studying for his UEFA Pro License. On 3rd November 2019, he was appointed as manager of MK Dons following the sacking the previous day of Paul Tisdale. Dons chairman Pete Winkelman said "Ever since Russell joined the club, we recognised his potential to one day become a manager, It's certainly happening faster than we expected but I'm excited to give Russell the chance and show us all what we can do."
Martin had a testimonial on 6th May 2019 captaining a side of former Canaries against a similar side managed by former teammate Wes Hoolahan.
On 17th February 2021 he was linked by Bristol Live with the vacant managerial position at Bristol City following the sacking of Dean Holden with Michael Appleton and Paul Cook also being linked.
On 1st August 2021 Martin left MK Dons to take charge of Swansea City following the departure of Steve Cooper. The Swans hierarchy were impressed by his style of play as he took the Dons to 13th place in League One, implementing an attractive style that saw the Dons sit behind only Manchester City and Barcelona in Europe when it came to their dominance of possession. Martin signed a three year deal. “We are delighted with the appointment of Russell as our new head coach,” said Swansea City chief executive, Julian Winter. “He very much fits the profile of a young and hungry coach who wants to succeed, and he is more than ready for the opportunity. When it became clear we would be looking for a new head coach, at the forefront of our thoughts was finding a candidate who was ambitious, driven and with a clear vision of how he wants the team to play. After earning plaudits with Milton Keynes Dons for the attractive, attacking style that he implemented, we quickly realised Russell would be the right person to take us forward. We were also seeking someone with a passion for working with and developing young players. Russell ticks all those boxes. While his coaching philosophy is clear, Russell also enjoyed a fine playing career that saw him amass over 500 senior appearances.He captained Peterborough and Norwich, as well as winning promotion on five separate occasions, which tells you everything about his leadership qualities and winning mentality.”