D-day for Martinez

Roberto Martinez
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ROBERTO Martinez will find out in the next 24 hours if he is to become the new manager of Everton.

Toffees chairman Bill Kenwright was hoping to make a decision today but it now looks likely that there will be an announcement tomorrow morning.

On Friday, it was revealed that Martinez was on a shortlist of three for the job with Porto boss Vitor Pereira and German Ralph Rangnick believed to be the other two.

However, former Manchester United striker Ole Gunner Solskjaer also emerged as a potential candidate over the weekend.

Rangnick was the most recent manager to speak to Kenwright and reports yesterday suggested he gave a great account of himself, offering to give one former Everton player – either Alan Stubbs, David Weir or Phil Neville – the opportunity to become his No.2 with the aim of them one day taking over the reigns.

It’s this meeting which has delayed a decision as Kenwright mulls over his options.

Should the Goodison Park chief opt for Martinez, he will need to pay Wigan £2million to release him from his contract at the DW Stadium, which has one more year on it.

Martinez is also expected to take his assistant, Graeme Jones, with him to Everton.

There has been much speculation as to who will take over from the Spaniard.

Rene Meulensteen was once again being heavily tipped to become his successor but a decision is a way off.

Dave Whelan last week insisted he won’t begin the process of finding a new manager before Martinez’s future is confirmed.