Martinez close to Wigan exit

Roberto Martinez
Roberto Martinez

LATICS finally look set to lose boss Roberto Martinez after holding positive compensation talks with Everton.

Speculation has been mounting over the last fortnight about the 39-year-old’s future and last week he told chairman Dave Whelan he wanted to speak to the Toffees.

Whelan last night told the media that a compensation fee for Martinez had been settled, although the Merseyside club announced afterwards that a deal had not quite been made.

“We’ve negotiated the compensation deal so it’s all agreed,” Whelan told the Evening Post.

“They couldn’t offer Roberto the job until compensation was agreed but now that’s agreed, I presume they’ll offer him the job.”

However, a statement on Everton’s website shortly afterwards read: “In response to regrettable and somewhat premature reports earlier this evening, Everton Football Club are continuing discussions with regards to the vacant managerial position.

“Whilst positive moves are being made, the club will officially announce details as and only when they are agreed and completed.”

Martinez’s departure would bring to an end four years as manager at Wigan.

Despite suffering relegation, Martinez’s style of play and impressive budget management has drawn in admirers.