Legend Thompson refutes claims that current Everton boss was offered position at Anfield
The dust is still settling on Merseyside after one of the most tumultuous matches between Liverpool and Everton in recent years at the weekend.
However, it seems the fall-out may continue in the form of a dispute over what exactly happened between Liverpool and Roberto Martinez in the summer of 2012.
Martinez claimed before the derby that the Liverpool board had offered him the job of manager last year, and that he turned it down because he felt it was the wrong time to move.
Those claims have been strongly rejected by former Liverpool caretaker manager and club legend Phil Thompson. Thompson took to Twitter to say: “Let’s get one thing straight: Roberto Martinez was never offered the Liverpool job. Yes he was interviewed. How do I know? Roberto told me. Roberto told me getting off a plane in Amsterdam in Euro 2012.”
Strong stuff from Thompson, who, of course, still has strong connections to the club he served so well during the 1970s and early ‘80s.
Martinez, of course, went on to replace David Moyes as manager of Everton, while Brendan Rodgers took over at Anfield. Both have made impressive starts to the current season, and played out a thrilling 3-3 draw at Goodison Park.
In retrospect, it is difficult to know which Merseyside club has done the better since their respective managers took over. Rodgers has got Liverpool playing some of their best football in years, while under Martinez Everton have realistic hopes of a top-six finish.
One thing is certain, and that is that Martinez does not regret missing out on managing Liverpool. He said last week: “I do believe it is fate that I have come to Everton – things happen for a reason and everything has to come naturally. I do feel that was the case, not just with Liverpool.”
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