Roberto Martinez set for talks

Wigan chairman Dave WhelanDave Whelan plans to speak to Roberto Martinez this week about his future, as the Spaniard appears the front-runner for the Everton job

Wigan’s eight-year stay in the Premier League ended on Tuesday, when their drop down to the Championship was confirmed with defeat at Arsenal.

Speculation is now rife that boss Martinez will move on and he remains the favourite to take over at Everton, who need a replacement for the Manchester United-bound David Moyes.

However, Whelan is hopeful that the Spanish coach will still stay on at the DW Stadium and is expecting an honest conversation with him about his future soon.

“At the end of the season what we always do is get together and have a talk,” Whelan told BBC Radio 5 live. “Roberto is so honest and I’m honest with him. We put our cards on the table and whatever Roberto says we will accept and we will honour.

“We’d all love him to stay.”

Whelan acknowledges there are some “big and wealthy” English clubs interested in his manager, with Everton said to be among them.

“He’s being chased regularly by some very, very big and wealthy clubs around England,” he added. “We’ll have talks to persuade him; if we need to persuade him because he is a dedicated man.

“He goes by his word. He’s so honest and we respect him enormously. Everybody in Wigan hopes that Roberto stays with us.”

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