Roberto the Red?

Winter says it's too soon to move Dalglish on

Last Updated: 13/05/12 12:28pm

Martinez Liverpool bound?

Henry Winter is not convinced the time is right for Liverpool to replace Kenny Dalglish with Roberto Martinez.

"I think they might give him slightly longer. It would be such a move for them. They would effectively be taking on the Kop if they said they wanted to move Dalglish upstairs."

Henry Winter

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The Wigan manager was linked with the Anfield hotseat on Sunday with The People suggesting that current boss Dalglish could be moved upstairs in a dramatic shake up at the club.

The Daily Telegraph's Football Correspondent Winter discussed the story on the Sunday Supplement and he argued that Liverpool fans would not be impressed if Dalglish was moved on.

However, he feels it has been a disappointing season for the club, despite their thumping 4-1 home win over Chelsea in midweek and their Carling Cup win in February.

"It's been an appalling season in the league and at Anfield as well," he said.

"Okay they were good against Chelsea the other night, but it was very much a second-string Chelsea team.

"There were signs of Carroll coming back into form and Dalglish and Liverpool have invested a lot of money and credibility in Carroll.

"I think they might give him slightly longer. It would be such a move for them. They would effectively be taking on the Kop if they said they wanted to move Dalglish upstairs.

"I've never really liked the idea of having the older man sitting upstairs like a director of football. It's a huge shadow over the younger man.

"If Martinez did get that job and had a poor start to the season, the chants of 'Dalglish' would come from the Kop.

"It's clearly a very well-sourced story and a respected journalist writing it, but I'm not sure they're ready to jump yet.

"But nobody knows more than Dalglish that they've got to buy better and improve at home, particularly, where they've been poor.

"The League Cup, however great and emotional a moment it was for Liverpool at Wembley, has just covered up some of the problems."

Move

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has insisted he would allow his manager to move on if a bigger club came in for him.

And Winter says Martinez would be worthy of a high-profile job after steering Wigan to Premier League safety once again this season.

"With the greatest respect to Wigan, does Martinez deserve a bigger club?" he asked.

"I think he does, as he's showed with the quality of football he plays on sensible resources.

"Martinez will be in for a big move shortly and Dave Whelan has said if Barcelona or Real Madrid or a big English club come in for him then he won't stand in his way.

"I think that's of great credit to Dave Whelan."