‘If Roberto wanted to stay I’d say brilliant’ - Whelan

Dave Whelan
Dave Whelan

THE fate of Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez sits firmly in the hands of Everton chairman Bill Kenwright this weekend, as he makes a decision on who he wants at the helm at Goodison Park.

Martinez is believed to be on a shortlist of three for the job with Celtic manager Neil Lennon, Cardiff’s Malky Mackay and Porto coach Vítor Pereira also linked.

The Spaniard remains odds-on favourite with the bookmakers though and a decision is expected to be made early in the week.

Latics chairman Dave Whelan revealed that 50 people had declared their interest in taking over from Martinez but he won’t make a decision until the current manager’s position is decided.

And while Whelan says he would welcome Martinez back if there is no agreement with Everton, he admits it is more than likely that the 39-year-old has managed his last game at the DW Stadium.

“If Roberto came back to me and said ‘I’ve decided I want to stay’, I would say brilliant,” said Whelan.

“He has made his mind up that a move is in his best interests though so we’ll wait and see.

“I’m sure there are other clubs interested in taking Roberto.”

WIGAN Athletic yesterday confirmed that principal sponsor 12Bet will continue their association with the club next season.

Head of Marketing Neil Ryan said: “We are pleased to have extended our commercial shirt partnership agreement with 12BET.”