Speculation linking Malky Mackay and Michael Laudrup with the vacant manager’s job at Everton appears to be close to ending after front-runner Roberto Martinez resigned from his position at Wigan.
Martinez is believed to have been approached by the Toffees over the weekend, sparking his decision to hand in his resignation to Lactics chairman Dave Whelan on Tuesday.
Cardiff City boss Mackay and Swans chief Laudrup have both been linked with the Merseyside post following David Moyes’ move to Manchester United.
Mackay has previously refused to totally rule himself out of the running despite insisting his focus was on the newly-promoted Bluebirds.
Laudrup has been approached by several clubs following a sensational first season at the Liberty Stadium
, but he has committed himself to the Swans for the coming season.
Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has given Everton permission to speak to Martinez after the Spaniard asked to leave the club.
At a meeting this afternoon Martinez told Whelan he was ending his four-year association with the Latics after they dropped out of the Premier League despite winning the FA Cup.
Whelan will not stand in the way of his manager, who is on a one-year rolling contract, and will demand compensation from whichever club he joins.
“Roberto wants to move on,” Whelan said.
“We will let him go but he’s on a 12-month rolling contract so if he moves someone will have to buy him out of his final year.
“Everton rang me and I said they have permission to talk to him.”