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Everton, Wigan agree Martinez deal

3 June 2013 21:59

Wigan have agreed a compensation package with Everton for manager Roberto Martinez, the club's chairman Dave Whelan has revealed.

The Spaniard has been widely tipped for a move to the Merseyside club since David Moyes departed in order to replace Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.

And Whelan has now explained that the 39-year-old's move to Goodison Park is likely to be confirmed in the coming days.

Martinez joined Wigan in 2009 and guided them to Premier League safety in his first three years while attracting plaudits for an expansive style of football.

The crowning achievement of Martinez's time at the DW Stadium came in the 2012-13 campaign, as he oversaw a shock FA Cup final win over Manchester City.

However, those celebrations were soured just days later, as Wigan's relegation to the Championship was confirmed by an away defeat to Arsenal.

Benfica manager Jorge Jesus and Celtic boss Neil Lennon had both also been regarded as candidates for the vacancy at Everton.

Wigan will now begin their search for a new manager, with Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen and current assistant at the DW Stadium, Graeme Jones, thought to be front-runners for the role.

Everton responded later on Monday, claiming negotiations would continue, but not ruling out that Martinez was set for the hot seat.

It read: "In response to regrettable and somewhat premature reports earlier this evening, Everton Football Club are continuing discussions with regards to the vacant managerial position.

"Whilst positive moves are being made, the club will officially announce details as and only when they are agreed and completed."

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