Martinez still in frame for Liverpool

Wigan Athletic's Roberto Martinez celebrates his team staying in the Premier League after the last match of the season against Wolves
Wigan Athletic's Roberto Martinez celebrates his team staying in the Premier League after the last match of the season against Wolves
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THE ‘will-he-won’t he’ saga concerning Roberto Martinez’s future could become a whole lot clearer over the next 24 hours.

Martinez has been the subject of a media frenzy since leading Wigan Athletic to Premier League safety earlier this month.

After being linked with the vacancies at West Brom and Aston Villa, the Latics boss was last week given permission to speak to Liverpool about becoming Kenny Dalglish’s successor.

Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers turned down the opportunity to speak to Liverpool, while the likes of Ajax coach Frank de Boer and Marseilles boss Didier Deschamps have also distanced themselves from the post.

Former England head coach Fabio Capello was a surprise name thrown into the hat yesterday.

But, at 65, the Italian is four years older than Dalglish – which wouldn’t be in keeping with FSG’s reported desire for a younger, more long-term solution.

Meanwhile, Shaun Maloney has been backed to make as big an impact with the Scotland national side as he has with Wigan.

The forward was instrumental in Wigan’s successful fight for survival, and his displays earned him a recall to Craig Levein’s squad for this weekend’s friendly against the US in Florida.

Maloney’s last appearance for the national team was against the Faroe Islands in November 2010, but Scotland’s Charlie Mulgrew believes his old Celtic team-mate has plenty more to offer.

“Shaun is a top player and a top professional so it was no surprise to me to see him doing so well down there,” he said.

“Of course he can make an impact here – he is a top-quality player.

“We have seen him do it in the Premier League at the highest level, so I’m certain he can made an impact for Scotland.”