Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez has been given permission to speak to Everton about their vacant position, after telling Wigan chairman Dave Whelan that he wishes to leave the club.
Reported by Sky Sports, it is understood that Martinez made his wishes known at a meeting with the Wigan chairman on Tuesday, explaining that he didn’t feel he was the man to lead Wigan back into the Premier League.
Martinez is highly regarded in the football world due to his great achievements in keeping Wigan afloat in the Premier League for four years and now has an FA Cup winners Medal to his name after his sides 1-0 win against Manchester City at Wembley in recent weeks.
Whelan said: "Roberto wants to move on.
"We will let him go but he's on a 12-month rolling contract so, if he moves, someone will have to buy him out of his final year.
"Everton rang me and I said they have permission to talk to him.
"He feels he's not the man to lead us back into the Premier League and I've got to accept what he feels.
"He loves Wigan and the fans but we have to move on now and we want applications for the job."
It is believed Everton chairman Bill Kenwright asked for permission over the weekend to speak to Martinez about the vacant managerial position at Everton.
He was told that he would have to wait until it was clear how Martinex seen his future. Now Martinez has let it be known that he wishes to leave the club it seems Martinez is free to set talks to become the new Everton manager.
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