Everton’s Roberto Martinez has no regrets about Liverpool job

Everton's Roberto Martinez insists he has no regrets about missing out on the Liverpool job in May 2012

Roberto Martinez
Roberto Martínez took over from David Moyes at Everton Photo: Back Page Images

Roberto Martinez insists he has no regrets about missing out on the Liverpool job ahead of the Merseyside derby.

The Everton boss was formerly in charge of Swansea City before moving to Wigan Athletic, whilst Brendan Rodgers took charge of the Welsh outfit in 2010.

The Northern Irishman, who masterminded Swansea’s promotion to the Premier League in 2011, was rivalled for his current Liverpool post by Martinez.

However, Reds owners Fenway Sports Group opted to appoint Rodgers as Kenny Dalglish’s successor in May 2012, and Martinez doesn’t hold any grudges.

“It’s been a question asked many times,” said Martinez.

“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.

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

Martinez also believes that he shares the same philosophies with former Swansea boss Rodgers.

“I’m sure it was a big part of Brendan Rodgers’ management career,” he added.

“In my time at Swansea, we started a way of bringing a different way of playing. It wasn’t an easy introduction in 2007 but since that point, I think it was a philosophy that has been part of the club since.

“I think Brendan followed that through in that style so we share many aspects of the game, down to the same convictions.

“That is a good chapter, to share the same squad of players and the same team working towards the same aim.”

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