Roberto Martinez set for Everton manager’s job
It appears that Everton could be appointing a new manager in the next few days, with Wigan Athletic having given the Toffees permission to speak with Roberto Martinez.
May 29th, 2013
Martinez steered the Latics to an FA Cup success this season although he couldn’t prevent the team from getting relegated, although Everton chairman Bill Kenwright seems to want the Spaniard to replace David Moyes.
Wigan chairman Dave Whelan had been hoping for Martinez to remain at the DW Stadium next season, although he has reluctantly stepped aside and allowed Everton to hold talks.
Whelan revealed: “Bill Kenwright rang me last week and said if the talks with Roberto broke down, can he talk to him? Bill being the gentleman he is I said: ‘Yes, you can have permission’. I have given permission immediately. I would expect and they would expect to pay the compensation. Everton are a fantastic club, local and similar to Wigan in how Bill controls it. They have a great fan-base and it is a happy club so I recommended to Roberto to go and talk to Everton.”
“I’ve had a couple of meetings in the last week and today he says he feels it’s time for him to move on and he is not equipped to take Wigan back into the Premier League,” added Whelan. “I have to accept that. It is very unusual for a manager to say that but it shows his honesty. He is still under contract with 12 months left and he has asked to be released. He can be released but there will be some compensation but the amount is £2m. It is not a fortune and to get a manager like Roberto it is really cheap.
“It was a difficult decision because he loves Wigan and is in total control of the playing side. Had Wigan stayed in the Premier League this would not have come up. He blames himself for that but we’ve been so unlucky with injuries and he can’t affect that. He is blaming himself a little too much. We’re all sad to lose him but football being football I’ve got to get a manager to take us to the Premier League.”