Liverpool’s manager shortlist grows longer

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Liverpool may be speaking to up to 12 candidates for the vacant manager’s position at Anfield according to reports today, with Wigan’s Roberto Martinez, former England boss Fabio Capello and ex-Barcelona star Pep Guardiola amongst the targets.

It is also understood that former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is in talks with the club, but there is no “favourite” for the club’s owners, who are keen to appoint quickly.

Fenway Sports Group are thought to be wanting to hire a young manager long-term and back him with a £30million transfer fund this summer. Martinez remains the favourite with the bookies though. He is reported to be the first to be interviewed by FSG after his current club Wigan gave him permission to discuss the job at Liverpool.

Guardiola told the footballing world he would take a least a year out of the sport after resigning as Barcelona boss earlier this month.

Capello resigned as England manager three months ago, and is thought to want to end his managerial career with a club in the Premier League.

Former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas, who was sensationally sacked at Stamford Bridge two months ago, has also been in discussions with Liverpool.

Swansea’s Brendan Rodgers ruled himself out of the running for the job today, declining the club’s request to speak about the open position, left by the departure of Kenny Dalglish earlier this week.

The speculation continues.

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