Martinez to leave Wigan ahead of Everton talks

Robert Martinez has left Wigan Athletic and is free to hold talks with Everton over replacing David Moyes, reports BBC Sport.

The 39-year-old had a meeting with Wigan owner Dave Whelan and informed him of his desire to leave the club after four seasons in charge at the DW Stadium. “Roberto wanted permission to move so I’ve given that,” said Whelan.

He feels he’s not the man to lead us back into the Premier League. I’ve got to accept what he feels.” Whelan also confirmed that Everton had made an approach to Wigan on Friday to ask about Martinez.

The 39-year-old Spaniard, who was a player at Wigan Athletic in the 1990s, became the club’s manager in 2009 after guiding Swansea to the Championship. He managed to avoid relegation for three consecutive seasons, including a memorable last-week escape in 2011, with a relatively low budget.

But, despite Latics’ FA Cup triumph against Mancheser City which will see Wigan compete in the Europa League next season, the club were unable to avoid the drop this time round, finishing 18th with Martinez calling time on his time at the DW.

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