Pep Guardiola at top of manager list for Liverpool

The outgoing Barcelona coach, Pep Guardiola, is at the top of Liverpool’s list as the club searches for a new manager.

Liverpool have wasted little time in the search for Kenny Dalglish’s successor by drawing up a wishlist headed by Pep Guardiola and Fabio Capello, and have already approached Roberto Martínez at Wigan Athletic, Swansea City’s Brendan Rodgers and André Villas-Boas within 24 hours of bringing the Anfield legend’s reign to an end.

Fenway Sports Group, the club’s owners, received permission to hold talks with Martínez from the Wigan chairman, Dave Whelan, as their wide-ranging approach to identifying Liverpool’s next manager became apparent a day after Dalglish’s exit. Unlike Whelan, Swansea have not cleared the way for Rodgers to meet Liverpool as yet but are expected to do so.

Ex Chelsea Manager Andre Villas‑Boas is also in the frame for the Liverpool

John W Henry and Tom Werner, the principal owner and the chairman at Anfield respectively, intend to assess several candidates as they finalise a shortlist. Martínez, Rodgers and Villas‑Boas are by no means the only coaches under consideration.

The ideal candidates for vacant Liverpool hot seat are Guardiola and Capello but Liverpool’s prospects of landing the outgoing Barcelona coach and former England manager are understood to be remote. Guardiola has previously stated his intention to take a sabbatical from the game following a trophy-laden but draining spell at the Camp Nou, while Capello is keen on the Chelsea job. Borussia Dortmund’s Jürgen Klopp and Marseille’s Didier Deschamp are also thought to be under consideration as future Liverpool managers.

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