However, Everton chairman Bill Kenwright blocked his plans.
â€œBill Kenwright is a magnificent chairman for Everton," Martinez told Carragher on the latter's Greatest Game Podcast.
â€œA true, true Blue.
â€œI remember that we were looking for an assistant. Yes (a player-coach). I remember when we were at Everton we were discussing the assistant role.
â€œI knew you were a Blue when you were a youngster so I thought that could be a good fit but when I mentioned it to our great chairman, Bill Kenwright, he thought maybe you were a little bit too Red for the role."
He also said: â€œI tried to sign you for Wigan as well. I always felt that there are systems that need an age, a youth or an experience.
â€œIn a back three, the way we wanted to play, I think having an old head with experience could work.
â€œI always saw you that you could be perfect in that role. You could play in a back three and slowly have that opportunity to develop young players and the coaching side."
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