Everton will move swiftly to discuss their vacant managerial position with Roberto Martinez following his decision to leave Wigan Athletic.
Chairman Bill Kenwright has been given permission to meet Martinez with a view to appointing a replacement for David Moyes.
Wigan owner Dave Whelan says the compensation figure of £2m has been set for Martinez's release from the final year of his contract and he has urged the Spaniard to meet with Everton officials.
Since Moyes quit Goodison Park for Manchester United, Martinez (39) has been established as the top target for Kenwright and his exit from the DW Stadium – confirmed yesterday – puts him in prime position to take the job.
Although several internal candidates were discussed, and Moyes himself was prepared to offer some advice regarding his successor, Everton have been attracted by the change of approach Martinez could bring to the club.
There was inevitable disappointment when Moyes opted to leave, but also a sense of excitement because the Merseyside club are keen to replenish their image slightly, building on the solid foundations left by the Scot.
(© Daily Telegraph, London)