Mixed reaction at the prospect of Roberto Martinez becoming Liverpool manager as Wigan boss holds talks with Reds owners
The odds on Wigan boss Roberto Martinez being the new Liverpool boss have been slashed following the news that the Spaniard is now in direct talks with the Merseyside club to succeed Kenny Dalglish.
Earlier on Thursday Wigan chairman Dave Whelan had issued Martinez with a deadline by which he needed to either commit to the Latics or make it clear he wanted to consider other offers, according to the BBC.
Whelan also confirmed the news that Martinez is in Miami in talks with Liverpool’s owners, and it would appear the former Swansea City manager is very much interested in a possible move to Anfield.
And the news has received an expectedly mixed response from pundits and Reds fans.
Football writer Paul Wilson, writing in The Guardian, said: "it seems odd to sound out Martínez, who for all his brightness and personability, is chiefly famous for avoiding relegation."
BBC Sportnews presenter Sanj Shetty @SanjBBC was positive on the news, tweeting: "I've had time to think about this - if Roberto Martinez is to be the next @LFC manager, I will be pleased and will back him to the limit"
And some fans agreed. @Karlton81 tweeted: "I really hope Roberto Martinez gets the #LFC job, got a feeling he'll build a legacy at the club." while @_tragiceyes added: "i've come to the conclusion that if Roberto Martinez goes, then good luck at Liverpool 'cos he's going to need it. a lot of it tbh."
However, more of the club's fans seemed sceptical at the prospect of the young manager taking over at Anfield.
"Roberto Martinez is not the man for liverpool;I think he'll end up like Roy Hodson." posted @tav_7, alluding to the unsuccessful reign of former Reds boss Hodgson, who similarly came from a relatively 'small' club to manage the English giants.
@Leebrennan_lfc similarly questioned Martinez's credentials for the job, tweeting: "Can anyone tell me what Roberto Martinez has done to be on the brink of landing the #LFC job other than play nice football" while @TheRhysJones was hesistant to give his support. "Really dont want Roberto Martinez to be the next manager of Liverpool,I wont be backing him unless he gets us into the top 4" he tweeted.