Stuart Pearce in the frame at Wigan Athletic

England under 21s manager Stuart PearceWigan chairman Dave Whelan hopes to replace Roberto Martinez within 10 days and Stuart Pearce has emerged as a candidate.

Martinez looks set to take charge of Everton after telling Whelan on Tuesday that he wanted to leave the DW Stadium and the Latics chairman is keen to find his replacement fast.

Graeme Jones could be one option if Whelan decides to hire from within, while former Bolton and Burnley boss Owen Coyle has also been mentioned as a possibility, along with former manager Paul Jewell.

However, Pearce has emerged as a serious contender and coincidentally his contract with the England Under-21s runs out in the summer and he will be free to return to club football.

“I want a manager to take us back to the Premier League,” Whelan revealed. “I will talk to everyone to find the right man. I would like to get someone in within 10 days.”

Former Manchester United head coach Rene Meulensteen has also been mentioned after the Dutchman quit Old Trafford following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.

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