Everton boss Martinez has no regrets over turning down Liverpool

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has insisted he has no regrets over rejecting the chance to move to Liverpool in 2012, Sky Sports has reported, as he prepares to lead the Toffees into his first Merseyside derby.

The teams meet at Goodison Park on Saturday and Martinez has been asked by local media if he ever wishes he had moved to Anfield when the opportunity arose following the departure of Kenny Dalglish. Martinez met with the Reds’ hierarchy but chose to stay at Wigan Athletic, with Brendan Rodgers, the Swansea City boss, eventually succeeding Dalglish.

It’s been a question asked many times,” Martinez told the Liverpool Daily Post. “Things in life happen for a reason and it was well documented that summer. It was a time of trying to find out what was next from my point of view and Wigan Athletic at that time,” the Spaniard added.

Everything ended up that it wasn’t the right time or the right move,” he continued. “I always believe everything in football and life happens for a reason and I am extremely proud and honoured to be manager of Everton.

Wigan were relegated in Martinez’s last season at the DW Stadium but they did claim a first-ever FA Cup, beating Everton at Goodison along the way.

Both of last season’s Merseyside derby’s ended in draws, with the Goodison fixture finishing 2-2 after Everton clawed back a two-goal deficit before half-time.

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