Wigan Athletic Boss Roberto Martinez Reveals He Turned Down Liverpool Job

Spaniard opted to stay at the DW.

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has revealed he rejected the chance to take over as Liverpool boss this summer.

The Spaniard met Liverpool’s US owners in Miami in May and was expected to be named as Kenny Dalglish’s successor.

But the Anfield club’s interest appeared to cool and Liverpool eventually appointed Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers to the post.

Martinez, however, claims he was offered the manager’s job but chose to stay at Wigan because of his special relationship with chairman Dave Whelan.

“We must educate people,” Martinez said. “In five or six years, we [Wigan] reap the benefits. Maybe I won’t be there then. But this is not why I stayed, when Liverpool made me an offer,” the 38-year-old told L’Equipe.

“I stayed because my chairman is unique. This summer, we sat down together. He had thought about the future of the club, I’d done the same.

“He knew that I had spoken with other clubs. But he is so persuasive … I extended my contract for three years.

“He wants to take the club to the next level. I know it will be difficult, but it excites me a lot.”

In June, Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard slammed Whelan for suggestion that Martinez had been offered the job, claiming Rodgers was ‘always first choice, so take no notice of Dave Whelan’.

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