Fifty apply for Latics hotseat

Former England manager Steve McClaren
Former England manager Steve McClaren

WIGAN Athletic won’t begin the hunt for a new manager until Roberto Martinez’s future is decided.

Dave Whelan says the club has had 50 applications for the job with some “very high profile” names putting themselves forward.

Former England boss Steve McClaren was yesterday the bookmaker’s favourite to take over at Wigan should Martinez leave, with ex-Bolton manager Owen Coyle not far behind.

Despite holding talks with Everton chairman Bill Kenwright on Wednesday, though, Martinez is still the Latics manager and until that changes, Whelan says he won’t begin any interview process.

He said: “Roberto is still our manager and we’re still waiting on Everton to say they want to appoint him or they don’t.

“If Everton want to take him then there is £2million of compensation to be paid to Wigan Athletic, so we can’t jeapordise that.

“We’ve got a list of candidates who have applied and we must have 50 people on it.

“We’ve got some very good and talented managers who have applied – there are some very high profile names on there.”

Martinez, meanwhile, remains odds on to take over at Everton.

Former Latics star – and now Goodison Park favourite – Leighton Baines would welcome Martinez.

Speaking after playing for England, he said: “Roberto Martinez has been linked with the job. He is a terrific manager so we will just wait and see.”