The owners of Liverpool have wasted little time in looking for a replacement for Kenny Dalglish after it was confirmed that had made an approach for Wigan Manager Roberto Martinez. The official move was made on Thursday afternoon but it is understood that Martinez is just one of a number of Managers who will be sounded out over the hot seat at Anfield.
It's a quick and decisive move by the Fenway Sports Group who are clearly eager to have a new Manager in place as soon as possible. Martinez is a well respected young Manager who is no doubt destined for bigger things with Liverpool clearly keen to speak to the Spaniard over the next few days. The bookmakers have reacted as well by slashing Roberto Martinez into the odds on favouritism in the Next Liverpool Manager Betting.
At this stage it is far from a done deal though with a number of other Managers also understood to be on the Anfield short list. Swansea Manager Brendan Rodgers is also thought to be of interest to FSG while the same can be said of former Chelsea Manager, Andre Villas-Boas. It is becoming perfectly clear that Liverpool are looking for a younger Manager to take them forward over the next few years with Champions League football the aim for the club as soon as possible.
Liverpool fans were generally split on the sacking of Kenny Dalglish with most believing he deserved a second full season in charge to take the club forward. The owners clearly did not agree with that and as a result are under pressure to produce an appointment that the fans will take to their hearts from the first day. It remains to be be seen whether or not Roberto Martinez is that man but one thing for sure is that managing Liverpool at the moment is a whole different ball game to managing a club like Wigan.
Whoever takes over at Anfield will need to hit the ground running in the Premier League next season with the fans and the board expecting a serious push for Champions League football. The owners are clearly wielding their power at the moment and the next couple of years are likely to be key to the future of Liverpool Football Club.