Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan is tipped to announce today that Roberto Martinez is staying at the DW. The Sun says Martinez was hot favourite to replace Kenny Dalglish at Anfield and met Kop owner John W Henry last week for talks.
But Latics owner Whelan has pulled off a sensational coup in talking the Spaniard into remaining at the DW Stadium, with the promise of a huge cash injection.
That will see Martinez being given a new contract, a serious transfer kitty and fresh terms for his backroom team.
Yet while it is a huge boost for Wigan, the news is another embarrassment for Liverpool whose managerial search has seen Henry's Fenway Sports Group widely ridiculed.