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Roberto Martinez is leaving Wigan Athletic after handing his resignation to Latics chief Dave Whelan today – paving the way for a move to Everton.

The Latics manager has led his side to FA Cup glory and relegation this season, and has been a long-time front-runner in the race to succeed David Moyes at Everton, with the Scot departing for Manchester United.

Today’s news clears the path for that move to go ahead.

According to Whelan, on Friday Everton supremo Bill Kenwright had formally approached Wigan to ask for permission to talk to Martinez.

Permission was granted at the time, though Whelan further explained to Kenwright that he intended to have talks with Martinez after the Spaniard returned from a weekend break.

Confirming that he had accepted Martinez’s resignation, Whelan told talkSPORT this afternoon: “Roberto had asked for some time to think and went to Barcelona.

“It’s not been an easy decision for him, he loves Wigan Athletic… but I have to respect his decision, I half expected it and I’m not surprised.

“We’re friends, and we’ll be friends for life.”

On the potential for Martinez to join Everton, Whelan confirmed that the Goodison Park club had officially expressed their interest in Martinez – and he advised his pal Roberto to give their approach serious consideration, all-but ruling out alternative jobs in Spain.

Whelan said: “Bill Kenwright rang me on Friday and asked permission to speak to Roberto if he decided to leave and I gave Bill permission to speak to Roberto…

“…If I was Roberto I would listen very carefully to what Everton have to say.”

Paul Jewell looks like heading the possible runners for Martinez’s job.

Source: Mirror

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