Martinez Not Main Man as Wigan Hit Fifity

Shaun Botterill

Two pieces of news which are starting to break very clearly so far today, both concerning our managerial positions. The first is to do with our outgoing manager Roberto Martinez, the second the number of candidates or should I say large number that have applied for his position.

So first lets start with the outgoing manager. Roberto Martinez wants to leave Wigan Athletic plain and simple. It appears that his time with the club is coming to an end and whatever Dave Whelan had to offer just wasn't what Martinez wanted to hear.

That meant that Bill Kenwright owner of Everton was given permission to speak to Martinez. That appears to have happened yesterday with the general consensus that the discussions went really well. Now over the past few hours it has also become apparent that Kenwright has spoken to two other mangers about the job.

The other two names are Vitor Pereira and Ralf Rangnick.

Vitor is the current Porto manager which just clinched the Portuguese title. Yet they will now lose two key players for next season in James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho both heading for AS Monaco in France. So will the Porto manger also be looking for pastures new?

The other man Ralf Rangnick is the ex-Schalke manager and is currently a free agent. Much more appealing to Kenwright as he wouldn't have to pay any compensation.

So Everton now have a shortlist of three and it is possible that our manager may not even move on to them. Yet with him still named as our manager, Dave Whelan has gone to the media and said we have as many as fifty possible candidate who have applied for the job, with some being quite high profiled managers.

It shows how far we have come as a club for it to reach such a high number, the allure of Europa League football and to work with a team that could bounce straight back into the Premier League must be a fairly enticing one.

So while our former mangers future is not certain, our next manger could be one of fifty. It turn out to be a long June!

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