Wigan manager Martinez: I turned down Liverpool offer

The Spaniard has revealed that he rejected the chance to manage the Anfield outfit and that the "unique" relationship he has with the Latics chairman was key to him staying
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has stated that he turned down the opportunity to take over at Liverpool because he was more excited by his current job and unique relationship with chairman Dave Whelan.

The former Swansea manager recently signed a new three year deal, despite battling against relegation in the past few seasons, and has lauded the relationship he has with the club and the owner.

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The 39-year-old coach held extensive talks with Reds early in the summer following the departure of Kenny Daglish, but chose to remain at the DW Stadium to continue his project with the Latics.

“We must educate people," Martinez was quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror. "In five or six years, we [Wigan] reap the benefits. Maybe I won’t be there then.

"But this is not why I stayed, when Liverpool made me an offer."

Asked why he did stay, which in turn saw Liverpool hire Swansea's Brendan Rodgers instead, Martinez insisted it was because of the support and persuasiveness of chairman Dave Whelan that they could take Wigan to the "next level".

"I stayed because my chairman is unique," Martinez continued. This summer, we sat down together. He had thought about the future of the club, I'd done the same.

"He knew that I had spoken with other clubs. But he is so persuasive... I extended my contract for three years.

"He wants to take the club to the next level. I know it will be difficult, but it excites me a lot."