Martinez meets with Everton chief

Roberto Martinez
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ROBERTO Martinez has met with Everton chairman Bill Kenwright to discuss the club’s vacant managerial position.

The Latics boss is the firm favourite to succeed David Moyes after Wigan confirmed they had granted the Merseysiders permission to speak to him on Tuesday.

Yet Kenwright insists the 39-year-old is not the only candidate and other options will be explored.

Cardiff’s Malky Mackay and Porto coach Vitor Pereira also been linked with the position while there are also internal candidates in David Weir, Phil Neville, Duncan Ferguson and Alan Stubbs.

Kenwright said: “Roberto is on the list, as I’ve always said.”

Sources at Everton this morning (Thursday) told Sky television that an appointment could be made within the next 24 hours - the club are talking to other candidates today.

Latics chairman Dave Whelan this week told the Evening Post that he wants to find a replacement for Martinez quickly.

Last night, former England manager Steve McLaren emerged as the new favourite with the bookmakers when he was backed in from 40/1 to 7/2 with Owen Coyle not too far behind.