'I always value human relationships' - Everton boss on Liverpool snub

Roberto Martinez

Roberto Martinez explains his reasons for turning down Liverpool's advances, previous to his move to Everton.

The Everton supremo has opened up to his thoughts on the position at Liverpool, and the way the club is run.

The former Wigan manager was at the heat of intense speculation when the Liverpool job arose in the summer 2012. The Merseyside club were linked with several managers for the position, and initially it looked like Roberto Martinez would get the job.In the end, Brendan Rodgers then Swansea manager accepted the job and started on a long-term project. 

Until now, the reasons behind the Liverpool snub had been kept quiet but, in preparation of today's game Martinez decided to let it be known.

''The feel we have at the football club, and the way I am allowed to work here, feels right to me. It allows you to work'. I understand we are talking about Liverpool because it's a derby but there were three or four other clubs interested that summer along with them. So the decision I had to take was about staying or moving at the time - for me it wasn't right, it didn't feel that way from my side.

''It was many things at the time. I always value human relationships and I had one with the chairman at Wigan'' 

The damning report from the former Wigan Athletic manager seems to paint Liverpool in a dour light, a seamlessly faceless organisation with little or no character or feeling.

Brendan Rodgers would be well within reason to feel slightly put out by the comments made by the man he replaced as Swansea City manager in 2010. It has opened up a question about the integrity of the manager, who is forced to work under strict conditions and be happy with it. 

The Everton manager also hinted that money doesn't buy you happiness in football, and stability is more key to success: 

''As long as you know exactly where you stand and are allowed to work then you will have the football happiness you need as a manager. I would never judge it in terms of having money or not'' 

I feel that the comments made by the Everton manager are incredibly unfair on Liverpool, and in a certain way show no respect to Brendan Rodgers.

Liverpool is a huge, huge football club with aspirations of winning the Premier League. They have big plans, and big ideas. 

I would argue that is why they have so many different levels of management, and different roles. I don't think they are to undermine the manager in anyway, but give him support and free him some time up to work on the football pitch. 

In the case of Brendan Rodgers, it looks like the role at Liverpool suits him superbly. He has transformed Liverpool since his introduction in 2012, the owners have given him time to allow him to implement his ideas and acknowledged it wouldn't be an overnight fix.

But sitting second in the table at this stage of the season ... he must be doing something right?

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