Speaking to The Telegraph last week, Whelan enthused:
"I think Roberto has proved once and for all he is absolute top quality, and I believe he will go to one of the top European clubs when the time is right. Hopefully we can hold on to him for another two or three years but he will go eventually with my best wishes"
Martinez reportedly wants to leave Wigan at the end of this season, and if he does, he will surely have no shortage of suitors.
If the Liverpool job became available, would Martinez be a serious candidate, or should the Reds look elsewhere?
I think Martinez is definitely a viable candidate:
* Young, energetic, Premier League experienced manager
* Progressive approach to football.
* Sets his teams up to play positive attacking football.
* Set the template for Swansea's superb style.
* Affable, respectful and good with the media.
I think Martinez is exactly the type of manager FSG would appoint, but the reality is that Liverpool fans would not give him the time to make his mark. Like Roy Hodgson, he'd be hounded out of Anfield after about 6 months; even sooner the club went through a bad spell; and if the treatment of Hodgson is anything to go by, fans would slag off Martinez's lack of trophies, and probably even make fun of his accent.
When Martinez took over at Wigan, the Chairman guaranteed him three years in the role, irrespective of results, and if FSG were willing to do the same for Martinez (i.e. give him time to implement his vision), I think he could be successful at Liverpool.
What do you think?