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Martinez: Everton chairman Kenwright stopped me signing Liverpool hero Carragher

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez admits he wanted to sign Liverpool hero Jamie Carragher for Everton.

However, Everton chairman Bill Kenwright blocked his plans.

“Bill Kenwright is a magnificent chairman for Everton," Martinez told Carragher on the latter's Greatest Game Podcast.

“A true, true Blue.

“I 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.

“I 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: “I tried to sign you for Wigan as well. I always felt that there are systems that need an age, a youth or an experience.

“In a back three, the way we wanted to play, I think having an old head with experience could work.

“I 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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