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Rodgers next up for 'Pool talks

Brendan Rodgers is expected to meet Liverpool's owners in the next few days as they continue their search for Kenny Dalglish's replacement.

The Swansea manager has emerged as the biggest rival to Wigan's Roberto Martinez for the manager's post at Anfield, with suggestions that the Spaniard is not completely happy with the prospect of working under a director of football who would have a major, and potentially final, say in the club's transfer policy.

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre has already met former Holland manager Louis van Gaal to sound him out about filling the sporting director role and the club seem determined to operate a two-tier management structure.

Van Gaal discussed ideas with Ayre in Portugal last week and there have even been claims the Dutchman has also talked about moving to Merseyside with his former assistant Andries Jonker, who has announced he will be leaving Bayern Munich this summer.

Van Gaal is a highly respected figure in European football, having won titles in Spain, Holland and Germany with Barcelona, Ajax and Bayern Munich respectively, and has had a long-standing desire to test himself in England.

Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk has expressed an interest in the vacancy and would be willing to work under his compatriot, although Liverpool are not thought to be interested in speaking to him at this stage.

Martinez, who has complete authority as manager at Wigan and takes an active interest in every level of the club's internal structure, would be reluctant to operate without complete control of recruitment at Anfield. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent