Chairman comments on manager’s departure.
Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan has urged Roberto Martinez to join Everton after confirming that the Spaniard had left the club, talkSPORT reports.
Martinez has been strongly linked with a number of vacant managerial posts since guiding Wigan to a simultaneous FA Cup win and relegation from the Premier League and earlier today announced that he is to leave the Lancashire club.
However, Whelan has given Everton his vote as first choice destination for the 39-year-old.
“Roberto did ask for some time to think,” he said. “He went to Barcelona and spoke with his parents, his wife and family.
“It’s not an easy decision for him. He loves Wigan Athletic, the supporters and the way the club is run. I have to respect his decision. I have half expected it so I’m not surprised.
“Bill Kenwright [the Everton chairman] rang me on Friday and asked permission to speak to Roberto and I said ‘we are having a meeting today where we will decide his future’. So Bill asked to speak to him should he leave and I gave him permission. Whether Roberto decided to leave or not, I would never stop a football club speaking to a manager of mine.
“One thing Everton have got is Bill Kenwright, who is one honest guy. I would trust him implicitly and, if I was Roberto, I would listen very keenly to what Everton have got to say.”
Whelan couldn’t offer any clues as to who the man to take over at the DW would be, though.
“There is a vacancy for a new man, we’re now looking and in the market. He needs to be ambitious and wants to take Wigan back into the Premier League,” he said.
“We’re looking for ambition, ability and personality. It’s a very difficult to manage a football club. He’s got to be a good honest guy, whose heart and soul is in Wigan Athletic I’ve never turned my back on anyone if football, it’s that type of game. Everybody should have respect for each other.