London - Roberto Martinez asked to leave Wigan Athletic on Tuesday having
guided the club to FA Cup glory days before being relegated from the
Premier League, with Everton and Stoke City already linked with his
The Spaniard had been in charge since 2009, having
previously helped turn Swansea City into one of Britain's most
Wigan pulled off a series of relegation escapes
under Martinez while winning admirers for their attacking football and
he turned down an approach from Aston Villa two years ago.
underdogs then managed a 1-0 FA Cup final triumph over Manchester City
earlier this month to win their first major trophy but were relegated
three days later after eight years in the top flight.
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," Wigan owner Dave Whelan told the BBC.
"He feels he's
not the man to lead us 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."
Media reports have linked 39-year-old
Martinez with Everton, who have lost manager David Moyes to champions
Manchester United after Alex Ferguson's retirement.
Everton finished sixth in the Premier League last season, 10 points off a Champions League playoff spot.
City are another English top flight club without a coach after parting
company with Tony Pulis. Much-travelled Mark Hughes has been linked in
the media with the Potters.
Former Wigan midfielder Martinez, who
made his name as a player in the English lower divisions rather than
Spain, could also be a target in his homeland.
Reports say Malaga are set to be without a coach with Manuel Pellegrini heading to managerless Manchester City.
recruited heavily from Central America during his time at Wigan on a
relatively limited budget but was criticised by fans for not shoring up a