One of the hottest managerial properties in recent years, Roberto Martinez, stayed with Wigan despite interest from numerous clubs last summer.

Now, with his team relegated from the Premier League, the former Wigan midfielder is reportedly ready to call it quits.

According to the a story in The Mirror, Martinez is not only being lined up as David Moyes' successor at Everton, but a return to his homeland has been brought up, as Malaga looks to replace the Manchester City-bound Manuel Pellegrini. 

After Moyes' departure for Old Trafford became simply a formality, Everton have been looking for a boss in the Scot's mould: a tactically-adept master of the shoestring budget. Working on one of the smallest budgets in the Premier League, Martinez has shown he knows how to spend limited funds.

The Malaga job provides a great number of differences to the one at Everton. Malaga's owners want to succeed and could give Martinez a larger transfer budget.

Malaga were a Felipe Santana header away from a Champions League semi-final berth, but will not be participating in European competition next season due to Financial Fair Play violations.

This would give Martinez the ability to focus on the domestic competitions, and to attempt to secure a third-place finish.

Despite Wigan flirting with relegation every season he's been at the helm, and decreasing in league position during his tenure, Martinez has received plaudits for his free-flowing play style.

His Barcelona-style football and gifted tactical skills have brought out the best in many of his players, as Callum McManaman, Shaun Maloney, James McCarthy, amongst others, have blossomed under his command.

While his detractors are quick to mention his lack of league success, his supporters are quick to mention his recent FA Cup triumph over Manchester City, his eye for a great deal (such as the summer signing of Arouna Kone), and his attractive brand of football.

Despite the inevitable managerial circus after the season is over, there is no certainty Martinez will be the boss at Merseyside or in Spain when the end of August rolls around.

His relationship with Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has been a very positive one, so rumours persist that Martinez will continue to coach the Championship squad. 

 

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