Liverpool FC: Reds Reportedly Offered Roberto Martinez Managerial Position

Wes ODonnellFeatured ColumnistMay 25, 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 have found their man in Roberto Martinez, but he's not going to commit to the Reds unless he's given full control.

According to Mirror Football, the Anfield giants have offered the Wigan boss their vacant managerial position, but he won't agree to do it until they meet again.

The Mirror report quotes Latics owner Dave Whelan, telling Sky Sports News:

I think what he has said is, "Thank you for your offer but I only work under the following rules: I have to have complete control of football."

That's normally the way in England, that's how we all work.

I think they're considering his request and Roberto's considering their offer and they're going to talk again on Tuesday.

Liverpool is owned by John W. Henry and the Fenway Sports Group, and they're also in the process of looking for a new director of football operations. Henry and his group took complete control of the club in 2010 and have been attempting to make a run in the Premier League their own way.

It hasn't worked just yet.

Martinez has proven to be a gifted decision maker, strategist and leader during his time at Swansea and now Wigan. The Latics avoided relegation this season with an inspired late-season run that included seven wins in their final nine games.

Liverpool, meanwhile, has had trouble sitting down with just about everyone on their wish list for the manager position, and it comes as no surprise that they offered once they finally got in a room with the 38-year-old Spaniard.

They won't land him if they don't give him control though, and we'll have to wait until after the weekend to see what comes of their next meeting.