DW Stadium boss could move to Villa Park.
Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Mancini has been given permission to speak to Aston Villa chairman Randy Lerner about becoming the new boss at Villa Park.
Villa have approached Martinez following first choices Rafael Benitez, Carlo Ancelotti and Mark Hughes were all ruled out.
Former England, Middlesbrough and Wolfsburg coach Steve McClaren was told not to bother with the interview as Lerner is wary of a fans’ backlash if he was appointed.
The American billionaire is hunting for a new manager after Gerard Houllier will not be able to return to his job after suffering a health scare.
Hopes of persuading Carlo Ancelotti to become manager were ended when the ex-Chelsea and AC Milan boss announced he was taking a year’s sabbatical from the game.
Martin Jol was also in the frame but has joined Fulham, leaving Martinez and Bolton’s Owen Coyle the two bookies favourites to take over.
Lerner wants an appointment sooner rather than later to allow the new man as much time as possible to assess the strength of the squad ahead of the new campaign.