Everton Boss Roberto Martinez Has Dig At Liverpool

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Spaniard came desperately close to succeeding Dalglish last year. 

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Everton head coach Roberto Martinez has taken a thinly-veiled swipe at arch-rivals Liverpool by claiming that he could never work under the management structure that is currently in place at Anfield, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.

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The Spaniard was on the verge of becoming the Merseyside giants’ manager in the summer of 2012 following the sacking of previous boss Kenny Dalglish by the Reds’ American owners the Fenway Sports Group.

In fact Martinez, who at the time was still in charge of Wigan Athletic, entered into much-publicised talks with Liverpool’s principal owner John W Henry in Miami, with the 40-year-old appearing to be nailed on for the huge role.

However, in the end the Latics coach opted to turn FSG down and remain at the DW stadium instead, where Martinez went on to claim the first-ever piece of silverware in the club’s history that following campaign when Wigan stunned big-spending Manchester City to win the 2013 FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium.

Meanwhile, Liverpool themselves then appointed Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers as Dalglish’s successor, with Damien Comolli also being brought in to act as a director of football, a structure that Martinez was not prepared to work under at Anfield.

“As long as you know exactly where you stand and are allowed to work then you will have the football happiness you need as a manager. I would never judge it in terms of having money or not,” said Martinez.

“Yes, when you’ve got more money to spend it accelerates the possibility of having success, but also the expectation to achieve something straight away is higher.

“Money lets you get things done overnight – but I don’t think it’s necessarily what you need to be successful.”

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