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Whelan hands L'pool Thursday deadline for Martinez

Harry Harris
May 28, 2012

Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan is hopeful Liverpool opt for Swansea City's Brendan Rodgers as their new manager, and he has given the Reds until Thursday to make up their minds over Roberto Martinez.

Liverpool are on the hunt for a new boss after they sacked Kenny Dalglish, who paid the price for poor home form in the Premier League. A number of coaches have been linked with the post, with Wigan's Martinez set for a second set of talks with the Reds owners on Tuesday.

Swansea manager Rodgers has also been mooted as a candidate for the position, although the Welsh club stressed on Monday that the Northern Irishman will remain at the Liberty Stadium.

Whelan, though, has told ESPN: "If it is true that Liverpool want to speak with Brendan Rodgers it proves they don't know who they want as manager. I hope they choose Brendan Rodgers."

The Wigan chief also confirmed he wants a resolution over Martinez's future by the end of the week, adding: "Roberto has told me he is speaking with Liverpool again on Tuesday.

"I have now made it clear that I want this sorted out by Thursday at the latest as we have to get on preparing for next season."

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