Whelan claims Martinez has Reds offer

Fri, 25 May 16:07:19 2012

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan claims manager Roberto Martinez has been made an offer by managerless Liverpool but will await a further meeting before making his decision.

The Latics boss met with Liverpool's principal owner John Henry in Miami on Thursday to talk about the vacant Anfield job after interrupting a family holiday in the Caribbean.

It was expected Fenway Sports Group would speak to other candidates on a short-list in the coming days but Whelan suggested developments had progressed. He did, however, say Martinez wanted to negotiate a greater degree of control of footballing issues.

"I think what he has said is, `Thank you for your offer but I only work under the following rules: I have to have complete control of football'," Whelan told Sky Sports News.

"That's normally the way in England, that's how we all work. I think they're considering his request and Roberto's considering their offer and they're going to talk again on Tuesday.

"Hopefully he stays with us but wherever he goes, he's 100% dedicated to that football club."


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