Wigan Athletic chairman branded a comedian by Liverpool chief
Brendan Rodgers is the new manager of Liverpool FC, although certain sources would have had you believe that Roberto Martinez had first refusal on the chance to replace Kenny Dalglish.
June 5th, 2012
The Spaniard appeared to be in pole position for the vacancy a fortnight ago, with Wigan chairman Dave Whelan claiming that Liverpool had made Martinez an offer, although it is clear that managing director Ian Ayre was becoming increasingly exasperated by the comments coming from the DW Stadium.
“Our aim from the outset was to conduct a proper, thorough, search and do it in the proper manner,” Ayre told the Liverpool Echo. “From our point of view, we did all the right things. We approached the clubs we needed to approach, and conducted ourselves properly at all times.
“It is disappointing, then, that Dave Whelan felt the need to run the kind of sideshow he conducted via Sky Sports News and various other media outlets.
“To be honest, I always thought John Bishop was the biggest comedian in the north west but Dave Whelan seems to have taken that mantle over the last couple of weeks.
“We make no secret of the fact we spoke with Roberto Martínez, but that is all we did.
“He is a great guy, and I can’t speak highly enough of his professionalism and conduct. But for his chairman to make suggestions like he has, and suggestions that just aren’t true, well it is disappointing to say the least.
“We can say with absolute certainty that the only person who was made any offer by Liverpool football club is Brendan Rodgers.”