Liverpool FC: Reds Shouldn't Get Hopes Up on Wooing Wigan Boss Roberto Martinez

Wes ODonnell@wesodonnellFeatured ColumnistMay 24, 2012

WIGAN, ENGLAND - MAY 13:  Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Wigan Athletic and Wolverhampton Wanderers at DW Stadium on May 13, 2012 in Wigan, England.  (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Liverpool are not only struggling to find a new manager, but they're also struggling to just sit down with the candidates on their list.

A week after the sacking of Kenny Dalglish, they've finally landed a meeting with one of the most sought-after managers in all of football. According to Sky Sports, Wigan boss Roberto Martinez will meet with John W. Henry and the Fenway Sports Group:

Sky sources understand Roberto Martinez is to meet with Liverpool's owners in the next 36 hours to discuss their managerial vacancy ... Latics chairman Dave Whelan claimed earlier on Thursday that he would set Martinez a deadline of seven days from Tuesday to make a decision as to where his future lies.

This is not the first time a big club has come calling for Martinez, but the Spaniard is reluctant to leave his post.

According to a source cited by Mirror Football, the 38-year-old wants to finish his "project" at Wigan rather than leaving as he did with Swansea in 2009. Brendan Rodgers and the Swans went on to finish 11th in the Premier League table this season, four spots ahead of Wigan.

The fact that the Latics staved off relegation was beyond impressive, and it took seven wins in their last nine matches to make it happen.

It is easy to see why clubs are so interested in the former midfielder-turned-manager.

But again, he's already pushed away Aston Villa and nearly shrugged off Liverpool's interest as well. The mystique of managing at Anfield is hardly what it used to be, and Liverpool's list, which once contained as many as 12 names, is dwindling.

Martinez will listen to what they have to say, but it'll take a good bit of convincing to pry him away. 

Like Rodgers, Ajax

's Frank De Boer, Marseille's

 Didier Deschamps and Jurgen Klopp of Borussia Dortmund, Martinez will distance himself from this job, too.

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