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Wigan's Martinez didn't want Liverpool job due to three director plans - Whelan

Liverpool's plans to implement a three-tiered director strategy threw Roberto Martinez off the job at Anfield.

The Reds owners, Fenway Sports Group, want to restructure their hierarchy by appointing three directors who would essentially be above the Spaniard.

Martinez withdrew from the running during the week, leaving Swansea City's Brendan Rodgers to take the job vacated by Kenny Dalglish earlier in May, with Wigna chairman Dave Whelan revealing he was not keen on the proposed setup.

"Liverpool held constructive talks with Roberto and Roberto basically reported to me that he had constructive talks with them and he didn't quite agree with the way they wanted to run the club with some of the responsibilities being taken from the manager and passed to a football director or whatever," Whelan told Goal.com.

"Roberto is Roberto and he runs football - total. He never took to how they wanted to run the club.

"When I spoke to him he basically said how they wanted it set up - the management of the club - it doesn't fit in with my idea of how I think you should run a club."

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