If the camera doesn’t lie then Roberto Martinez looks nailed on to become the next Liverpool manager after a stroll in Miami with FSG head honcho John W Henry seemed to confirm the rumours.
While picture editors and Liverpool fans rushed to verify the authenticity of the snap, anyone who took the time to listen to Wigan’s chairman Dave Whelan would have gotten the message loud and clear.
“Liverpool would have to buy out his contract. You are into £2 million to £3 million, minimum. Whatever the contract is worth I am sure Liverpool would honour that and buy it out,” Whelan told the Daily Telegraph.
Whelan is also understood to have given Martinez seven days to make up his mind if he is offered the manager’s job at Anfield.
“I have asked Roberto to make his mind up as soon as possible. If we have to lose him, I will move very quickly to appoint a successor.”
Martinez remains odds-on at 4-6 in Paddy Power’s manager’s market to take over at the club but Whelan has raised doubts about the role.
“My information is that the new Liverpool manager will not be given full responsibility of the football department,” the Wigan chairman said.
“There will be somebody else signing players and they might not necessarily be the choice of the manager. Roberto likes total control, from the youngsters at 16 to the first team, so if he doesn’t get that, I don’t think he will take the job.”
Former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has been backed into 5/2 favourite from 25/1 with Paddy Power to become the new Aston Villa manager after sustained support from early on Thursday morning.
Meanwhile former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri has been backed from 25/1 into 7/2 to become West Brom’s new manager after Roy Hodgson left to take up the England job. The former Chelsea boss, nicknamed the “Tinkerman” was sacked by Inter at the end of the season midway through a two-year contract.