MARTINEZ BACKED FOR REDS ROLE; Martinez backed to take Reds job by skipper Caldwell.
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ROBERTO MARTINEZ Roberto Martinez is the name of:
Martinez remains the leading candidate to replace the sacked Kenny Dalglish Kenneth Mathieson Dalglish MBE (born 4 March 1951 in Dalmarnock, Glasgow) is a former Scottish international football player. He was famous for his successes with Celtic in the 1970s and with the English club Liverpool in the 1970s and 1980s. after meeting the Reds' principal owner John W Henry in Boston last week though the ECHO understands the club have yet to make him . an offer, contrary to reports last week. Martinez's chairman at Wigan Wigan (wĭg`ən), city (1991 pop. 88,725) and metropolitan district, N England, located in the Manchester metropolitan area on the Douglas River. Athletic Dave Whelan David Whelan born in Bradford on 24 November, 1936, and raised in Wigan, is a former professional football player with Blackburn Rovers and the current owner of Wigan Warriors and Wigan Athletic. He is the former owner of JJB Sports and owns the JJB Stadium where both teams play. , who claimed Liverpool had tabled a deal for Martinez to mull over, is expecting a decision on his future from the Spaniard by tomorrow.
Although the 38-year-old Latics boss is yet to break his silence on the matter, he is amongst the favourites to take to the Anfield hot-seat and Wigan captain Gary Caldwell has backed him to be a success on Merseyside, should he be given the job. Caldwell also says an offer from a club with the history and prestige of Liverpool is one you do not turn down and believes Martinez would also be thinking like this. "If the opportunity comes to go to Liverpool, you take it," said Caldwell.
"We all understand that. I'm sure he would take it," said Caldwell. "Roberto Martinez has a great future ahead of him. When you beat Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal in the space of a couple of weeks it gets you recognition and hype and he deserves it "Nothing fazes him.
He stays very calm. Having worked with a lot of Scottish and British managers, you see the tea cups being thrown and stuff. "But he's from Spain and it's a different culture and mentality and he remains very calm. He has what it takes to manage a club such as Liverpool. If that big job comes now then he has to go and show he is good enough." Wigan have flirted with relegation in each of Martinez's three season in charge but has kept the side in the Premier League on a limited budget. Caldwell believes with decent financial backing, Martinez could achieve great things and says he could in no way begrudge be·grudge
tr.v. be·grudged, be·grudg·ing, be·grudg·es
1. To envy the possession or enjoyment of: She begrudged him his youth. See Synonyms at envy.
2. his manager taking the job.
"Having worked with him and knowing his tactical awareness and the thought he puts into training, then who knows what he could go on and achieve at a big club like Liverpool with their resources?" he asked. "Only time will tell. We all live in the real world and you need an opportunity in life." ?
CANDIDATE: Wigan's Roberto Martinez