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Liverpool target Martinez

2012-05-17 19:40

London - Wigan manager Roberto Martinez was given permission by his club on Thursday to speak to Liverpool about filling the job vacated by Kenny Dalglish's dismissal.

The approach came while Wigan chairperson Dave Whelan was with Martinez, a day after Dalglish was fired following Liverpool's disappointing season in which they finished eighth in the English Premier League.

"I did promise Roberto ... when a big club comes he will have permission to talk to them," Whelan told British broadcaster Sky Sports. "They don't come any bigger than Liverpool, so I gave him permission and he will be talking to them soon. I don't know when."

The 38-year-old Spaniard has been in charge of Wigan since 2009 and presided over a series of late victories to keep the northwest team in the Premier League earlier this month.

"Roberto has the opportunity to go and manage a massive club in Liverpool, so the decision would be entirely Roberto's," Whelan said.

"We did speak about Liverpool. Liverpool has undergone some changes in the last two years, some massive changes, and I still think they need to settle down as a football club."

Whelan claimed there is "no heart" at Liverpool "at present" as the Boston Red Sox Ownership group steps up its overhaul of senior personnel after having bought the club in October 2010.

"It's deeply disturbing when you think a football club as big as Liverpool is functioning without a heart," Whelan said. "I mentioned that to Roberto and I think it's true - there is no heart beating in Liverpool at present."

AP

Comments
  • Prosper - 2012-05-17 19:52

    Don't do it Roberto Martinez. YNwA there (You'll Never Win Again) lol.

      Eduard - 2012-05-19 18:51

      what about the special one, Jose M. from Madrid?

  • Christopher Zoony De Croes - 2012-05-17 20:43

    funny, he hasn't won anything with wigan. united won nothing this season, arsenal are 7years without a trophy. we dont want him... look how bad wigan were for most of the season, would prefer AVB

      BJ - 2012-05-17 20:45

      Beggars can't be choosers

      BJ - 2012-05-17 20:45

      Beggars can't be choosers

      Bob - 2012-05-18 10:37

      BJ, I wouldn't call the greatest football club in the world beggars.

      Bob - 2012-05-18 10:37

      BJ, I wouldn't call the greatest football club in the world beggars.

      Jason - 2012-05-18 14:50

      Here we go again with the 'greatest club in the world' rubbish.... Bob get a grip...

  • JSGericke - 2012-05-17 22:54

    How about Alan Pardew?

      Cyrus - 2012-05-18 10:30

      I was thinking the same thing but he will probably not leave for Liverpool

      Cyrus - 2012-05-18 10:30

      I was thinking the same thing but he will probably not leave for Liverpool

  • Gunner - 2012-05-18 07:05

    If the Liverpool owners are really serious abt challenging for the league title then Pep should be their target....

      aadil.esack - 2012-05-18 09:47

      win the title ? You ARE joking right bru ? I'm a lifelong, die-hard Red, and can tell you there is virtually NO chance of that happening next season, or maybe even the season after Even City with all their billions of $$$ of star players took 3 years to win the league - imagine how much harder it will be without CL footie ? Our first goal is getting back in the Top 4, thus CL Martinez is a good, attacking manager, so will fit the club's profile, but can he handle the expectations ? Only one man besides Kenny understands the culture & traditions, and that man is Rafa That said, whoever IS appointed, will have all my support. Just hope he can earn my respect as well

      aadil.esack - 2012-05-18 09:47

      win the title ? You ARE joking right bru ? I'm a lifelong, die-hard Red, and can tell you there is virtually NO chance of that happening next season, or maybe even the season after Even City with all their billions of $$$ of star players took 3 years to win the league - imagine how much harder it will be without CL footie ? Our first goal is getting back in the Top 4, thus CL Martinez is a good, attacking manager, so will fit the club's profile, but can he handle the expectations ? Only one man besides Kenny understands the culture & traditions, and that man is Rafa That said, whoever IS appointed, will have all my support. Just hope he can earn my respect as well

      Bob - 2012-05-18 10:35

      aadil, I did say I fancied Martinez for the job, I'm still not happy that Kenny was sacked, in my humble opinion Kenny would have achieved more next season than any new manager will, if the yanks think Martinez will bring success next season he might aswell turn the job offer down right now, at least 2 to 3 seasons before we start seeing any improvement, it is very wrong of Whelan to say there is no heart at LFC unless he is referring to this very minute, three days ago there was a huge heart beating at LFC.

      Bob - 2012-05-18 10:35

      aadil, I did say I fancied Martinez for the job, I'm still not happy that Kenny was sacked, in my humble opinion Kenny would have achieved more next season than any new manager will, if the yanks think Martinez will bring success next season he might aswell turn the job offer down right now, at least 2 to 3 seasons before we start seeing any improvement, it is very wrong of Whelan to say there is no heart at LFC unless he is referring to this very minute, three days ago there was a huge heart beating at LFC.

      Bob - 2012-05-18 10:38

      Pep and four hundred million maybe, thats not the way the yanks do business.

      Bob - 2012-05-18 10:38

      Pep and four hundred million maybe, thats not the way the yanks do business.

  • Maxine - 2012-05-18 09:57

    The Wigan owner/Chairman Whelan is an example for all other owners. He has stuck by Roberto through thick and thin and that has kept them in the premier league! Martinez is an astute manager and he was never likely to win trophies with Wigan

  • Cyrus - 2012-05-18 10:36

    Why not Marcelo Bielsa. Arguably one the best coaches around or is Premier league experience a necessity? For those who dont know who he is. He is Athletic Bilbao's coach, the team that knocked out ManUtd in Europa league

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