Martinez in the frame to replace Dalglish in Liverpool hotseat

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is the man Liverpool want to replace Kenny Dalglish after he was sacked  following talks with club owner John W. Henry. 

A source close to SqueakyBumTime has informed us that Martinez tops the shortlist of Henry and chairman Tom Werner as they begin the search for Dalglish’s successor.

The 38-year-old has been in charge at the DW Stadium since 2009 after spending two successful years as manager of Swansea guiding the South Wales club into the Championship during his first campaign in charge.

He’s won plenty of admirers, including Henry and Werner, during his time at in the Latic’s dugout managing to retain their Premier League status and playing attractive football despite operating with a limited budget and inadequate playing squad.

However after narrowly guiding Wigan to safety this season he could be tempted to leave for Merseyside and take on the challenge of restoring Liverpool to the top-four.

They’ll have fend off interest from managerless Aston Villa who sacked Alex McLeish this week and want the Spaniard to fill his shoes despite him rejecting the role last summer.

Whoever is chosen to fill the Anfield dugout will be given a clean slate  to work from along with substantial financial backing which will appeal to Martinez who’s worked with little or no transfer funds in his current job.

Contingencies have been drawn up by the Fenway Sports Group should they miss out on their first choice with former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas and Swansea chief Brendan Rodgers reportedly under consideration for the role.

Despite guiding the Reds to the Carling Cup in February, their first trophy in six seasons, Dalglish was relieved of his managerial duties after guiding the club to a eighth in the Premier League despite spending over £150 million on players during his second spell in the dugout.

Rumours circulated on Monday that the 61-year-old Kop legend, who replaced new England boss Roy Hodgson in January 2011, would be leaving Liverpool with his departure confirmed on Tuesday afternoon.