Liverpool job wasn’t right for me, says Everton’s Roberto Martinez

Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes the Liverpool job wasn't right for him after holding talks with the Reds owners in 2012

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

Roberto Martinez believes the Liverpool job wasn’t right for him after being interviewed for the post following Kenny Dalglish’s departure in May 2012.

Everton, who are currently sixth in the table, face their bitter rivals Liverpool in the Premier League season’s first Merseyside derby at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Martinez was interviewed to succeed Dalglish by Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group before John W Henry eventually appointed current Reds boss Brendan Rodgers.

And the Toffees manager, who replaced David Moyes at Everton this summer, lifted the lid on why he turned down the 18-time English champions.

“I feel we have at the football club, and the way I am allowed to work here, feels right to me. It allows you to work. I understand we are talking about Liverpool because it’s a derby but there were three or four other clubs interested that summer along with them.

“So the decision I had to take was about staying or moving at that time – for me it wasn’t right, it didn’t feel that way from my side. It was many things at the time. I always value human relationships and I had one with the chairman at Wigan.

“We had the commitment to carry on for another season which ended up with Wigan winning a major trophy. You make decisions based on feelings and that was the right thing to do.”

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