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Roberto Martinez given Liverpool deadline by Wigan

JTerry By JTerry

on 24-05-2012 at 13:57

Roberto Martinez
Roberto Martinez

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan is planning to set a deadline for Roberto Martinez to decide whether he will stay as boss.

Martinez's managerial record
  • Wigan: Jun 2009 - present - won 34, drawn 36, lost 57
  • Swansea: Feb 2007 - Jun 2009 - won 63, drawn 37, lost 26


Martinez has been given permission to speak with Liverpool about the vacant managerial position at Anfield. The Spaniard has also been linked with taking over at Aston Villa, the club he turned down last year.

"Roberto will be in Barbados until next Tuesday, and I will then set a seven-day deadline by which time I will expect a decision," said Whelan. "I appreciate everyone is in limbo at the moment and there will come a time soon when we'll need an answer one way or the other.

"It is dragging on a bit but I only care about one thing - that is the future of Wigan Athletic. Nothing else matters. It's important we sort this out properly, one way or the other, so we can move forward in preparation for the new season."

Liverpool are yet to formally begin the interview process for their managerial vacancy, created when Kenny Dalglish was sacked on 16 May.

Whelan remains hopeful that Martinez will stay with the Latics, adding in the Wigan Evening Post:"I must stress that I am by no means resigned to losing Roberto to Liverpool or any other club. It is not a foregone conclusion. Not at all. Hand on heart, I still believe Roberto will be here next season."

Source: BBC
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