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Roberto Martinez Resigns As Wigan Athletic Manager; Set to Open Talks With Everton

Roberto Martinez has resigned from Wigan Athletic.

Martinez, who has been at Wigan for five years, helped the club achieve their biggest accomplishment in their club history when Wigan beat Manchester City to win the FA Cup, but his side couldn’t stay up in the Premier League and were relegated to the Championship.

Here’s what Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan said about Martinez today:

“He wanted permission to move so I’ve given that. 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.”

With Martinez resigning from Wigan, the question now is where the talented manager will go. He passed up opportunities last summer to manage at Liverpool and West Ham United, but this summer the skies the limit for him. He could manage on the European continent, or he could get a top job in the Premier League with a club such as Everton or Stoke City, either of which would be a step up from Wigan Athletic.

Everton appears to the most likely destination with Dave Whelan giving Everton permission to speak with Martinez. Goodison Park would be an ideal destination for Martinez. He’s used to managing squads on a small budget. Plus, he has connections in Spain, so he could bring in several promising players to the club. On top of that, he would have an opportunity to influence some of his stars at Wigan to join Everton including Arouna Kone, Callum McManaman and James McArthur, just to name a few.

Prior to managing at Wigan Athletic, Martinez was a successful manager at Swansea City. But it was at Wigan Athletic in his four seasons at the club where he achieved so much with very limited resources, keeping the club in the Premier League for so long even though most football pundits and supporters labeled them as relegation certainties for season after season.

In addition to his prowess as a manager, Martinez has also been an accomplished pundit on ESPN and UK television. Wherever he goes, the future is bright for the 39-year-old Spaniard.

Where do you think Martinez will end up at?

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  1. Andre

    May 29, 2013 at 12:24 am

    It seems like a matter of time before he is announced as Everton manager and maybe it works out but I am not sure this is as perfect a match as people make it out to be.

    David Moyes achieved all he did at Everton by being pragmatic and sometimes predictable. Martinez is perfectly willing to risk losing as long as his side adhere to his vision. Everton’s time on the periphery of the Champions League spots was a product of hard work, smart personnel decisions, and pragmatism. Two of those fit the Roberto Martinez model, the other one not really.

    On the other hand Martinez’s stubborn approach and insistence on attractive attacking football gained Wigan many scalps from the biggest clubs in England. I don’t think it is coincidence. That kind of audacity, particularly from a small club, took big teams by surprise and sometimes resulted in a win. I don’t have the numbers at hand but other than opening day vs United and City a couple years ago I don’t think Everton took 3 points from too many top sides.

    On the upside for Everton fans Martinez is an incredibly thorough person and has passed on other big jobs in the past because he didn’t think they were right. If he goes to Everton it is not on a whim and he sees a way to make it work. I just don’t think it is as seemless a situation as some others do.

  2. brn442

    May 28, 2013 at 10:05 am

    I really believe Martinez can push on and take Everton forward – playing more attractive football and actually winning a cup or two. Hope it happens.

  3. Dean Stell

    May 28, 2013 at 9:33 am

    He seems like a good manager and nice guy. Best of luck to him where ever he lands.

    I still would like to find out where he gets those snappy pea coats that he wears all winter.

  4. Guy

    May 28, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Everton can have him. He could take Wigan down, but he’s not the man to lead them back. Perfect.

  5. jtm371

    May 28, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Everton signed sealed and delivered.

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