Liverpool deny Whelan claims over Martinez

Liverpool have denied claims by Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan that they have offered Latics manager Roberto Martinez the vacant manager’s position at Anfield, the Daily Mailhas reported, insisting that the process of finding a replacement for Kenny Dalglish is still on-going.

Martinez met with Liverpool owner John W. Henry in Florida but the club stress there has been no offer made. The club and Martinez will have further talks on Tuesday, Whelan claimed, but the Spaniard is also wanted by Aston Villa to replace Alex McLeish, while Wigan have set Martinez a deadline of Thursday next week to decide his intentions.

The Mail however describe the Liverpool hierarchy as “mystified over the Wigan chairman’s pronouncements, and added that the likes of Brendan Rodgers, who had turned down the offer of an interview, remains under consideration. Louis van Gaal, most recently of Bayern Munich, is also being lined-up for a sporting director assignment.

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