Roberto Martinez has offered an insight into just why he turned down the Liverpool managers job only to join Merseyside rivals Everton a year late, stating that the latter move was natural.
It was widely speculated that Liverpool wanted Martinez to take the reigns at Anfield in 2012, when he was impressing whilst in charge of Wigan.
However, after having met with Fenway Sports Group the Spaniard opted not to leave the Latics, leaving the Reds to eventually decide on Brendan Rodgers.
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The season after his Liverpool snub however Wigan ended up getting relegated from the Premier League. At that point Martinez decided he would move to the city of Liverpool, though it was Goodison Park he chose.
In an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca, the 42-year-old has opened up on just why he held on for the Toffees when he could so easily have accepted an offer from their biggest rivals.
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"These are curiosities of football, you never know what lies ahead of you. As a coach I have always tried to create a link with clubs that is stronger than the desire to change project," he said, when asked why he rejected Liverpool.
"In Swansea there came a time when the club needed a change and Wigan was similar. The move to Everton was natural. It seemed like it had to happen."
Rodgers and Martinez
Interestingly both Martinez and Rodgers have experienced mixed fortunes in the north of England, with the former’s first campaign with Everton being a resounding success, but his last term certainly one to forget.
Meanwhile Rodgers came close to winning the league with Liverpool in the 2013/14 season, but the Reds’ form last time out left plenty to be desired.
In many ways then both men are facing important seasons this year, with fans sure to ask questions if neither can engineer a sustained challenge for a top four spot.
Liverpool look to have started the campaign as they mean to go, clinching two hard-earned victories ahead of an early season test against Arsenal.
Everton have fared slightly worse, only managing a draw against newly-promoted Watford on the opening day of the season, before hammering Southampton 3-0 on their own turf last weekend.
Liverpool fans, are you surprised Martinez rejected you? Would you prefer him to Rodgers? Let us know in the comments box below.