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Whelan warns Martinez of Liverpool turmoil

Harry Harris
May 18, 2012
Dave Whelan worries the Liverpool job is not right for Roberto Martinez © PA Photos

Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan has warned Roberto Martinez against taking the Liverpool job because the Reds "don't know what they are doing".

Whelan confirmed on Thursday that he has granted Martinez permission to speak with Liverpool, who are seeking a successor to sacked manager Kenny Dalglish.

The Reds' shortlist for a new boss is said to be extensive - as many as ten names are in the frame - and among those targets was Swansea City coach Brendan Rodgers.

But Rodgers has rebuffed Liverpool's advances as he is settled at the Liberty Stadium, and Whelan feels the Ulsterman's actions should serve as a warning to Martinez.

Whelan told ESPN: "When Liverpool asked for Wigan's permission to speak to Roberto, it was willingly given, and you would have thought they wanted him for the job. But now it transpires they are looking at quite a few possibilities.

"The fact that Brendan Rodgers has opted out after they approached Swansea should get Roberto thinking he might be better off at Wigan. There is a suspicion that Liverpool don't know what they are doing, certainly it is clear now they don't know who they want as manager."

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