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Martinez Wigan exit confirmed

ESPN staff
May 28, 2013
Martinez to leave Wigan

Roberto Martinez has confirmed his desire to move on from Wigan, amid talk of a move to Everton.

Martinez led Wigan to FA Cup glory, but it came in the same week as the club were relegated from the Premier League and he was immediately linked with the exit door.

With David Moyes leaving Everton for Manchester United, Martinez was installed as the hot favourite to take over at Goodison Park.

It is believed that Everton chairman Bill Kenwright made an approach to his Wigan counterpart Dave Whelan who said all plans were on hold until Martinez informed him of his decision.

Martinez flew back to England on Tuesday for talks with Whelan and at an emotional meeting, the Spaniard confirmed his desire to move on.

"He wanted permission to move, so I've given that," Whelan said. "He has 12 months left on his contract, so whoever comes in for him must pay the remainder of his contract.

"He feels he's not the man to lead us back into the Premier League. I've got to accept what he feels.

"He loves Wigan and the fans. We have to move on now and want applications for the job."

And according to Whelan, Everton have made an official approach to Wigan for his services.

"Everton asked for permission to speak to Roberto last Thursday. I told them to wait until I had spoken to Roberto today," he said. "Roberto still had 12 months remaining on his contract and that will need buying out."

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