Stoke City Set Roberto Martinez Deadline

Wigan boss given 48 hours.

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Stoke City have reportedly given Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez 48 hours to decide whether he wants the job at The Britannia Stadium, according to The Express.

The Potters sacked their long standing boss Tony Pulis yesterday and a eager to begin the search for his replacement with the likes of Mark Hughes, Gus Poyet and Phil Neville linked with the vacant position.

However, in what would be a dramatic contrast of style, Stoke are targeting the 39-year-old Spaniard to oversee a football revolution at the club.

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan confirmed that he was set for talks with his FA Cup winning manager this week in a bid to resolve his future and fears that he could lose him to another Premier League side.

And in an unusual move, Stoke have apparently set a time frame of 48 hours for Martinez to decide whether he wants the job or not before moving on and continuing their search elsewhere.

Pulis was relieved of his duties on Tuesday after winning just four of his final 23 games and crawling the club to safety. The 55-year-old was apparently keen to carry on but the chairman and the board saw fit to bring an end to his seven-year stay.

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