Everton boss Roberto Martinez has criticised the conduct of Manchester United manager David Moyes over the pursuit of his players.
Roberto Martinez is closer to a move to Everton after Wigan chairman Dave Whelan confirmed the two clubs have agreed compensation payment.
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Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has given Everton permission to speak to manager Roberto 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.
Everton, looking to replace David Moyes who has gone to Manchester United, appear to be in pole position after requesting permission to speak to Martinez over the weekend.
"Roberto wants to move on," Whelan told Press Association Sport.
"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."
Wigan captain Gary Caldwell has urged manager Roberto Martinez to stay.
The Spaniard is scheduled to have more talks with owner Dave Whelan about his future today as the relegated club try to hang on to their in-demand manager.
Martinez has been linked with the Everton vacancy but asked Whelan last week for certain commitments in regards to developing the training ground and youth system.
The chairman has been mulling over the implications, both financial and otherwise, and an outcome is expected later.
"Everyone wants to be here next year and obviously the gaffer is at the head of everything we do here," Caldwell told the Wigan Evening Post.
"A lot of other clubs will be wanting to take him and rightly so.
"But obviously we all want him to stay here and help us to get back into the Premier League as quickly as possible.
"It's his decision, and it will be a big decision to make.
"Whatever he decides we'll wish him well, but on behalf of the players here we're desperate for him to stay."
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez said: “This is a very special moment in the club’s history and we want to thank everyone from our home town for the tremendous support we have received and the belief the town and the council has shown in us.
We hope lots of people will turn out to celebrate with us, we’re really looking forward to having the chance to see the whole town decked out in the club’s colours again.”
Arsenal went one up in the 10th minute. An inspired free kick from Shaun Maloney got Wigan back in the game. But Arsenal came back with three more in quick succession - it ended 4.1
And Wigan - the team that won the FA Cup with such passion - are out of the Premier League.
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez will select from the same FA Cup-winning squad he took to Wembley when he returns to London to face Arsenal tomorrow.
The Latics boss is concerned about fatigue after a physically draining final at Wembley and could freshen up the starting line-up.
Provisional squad: Robles, Boyce, Alcaraz, Scharner, Gomez, Watson, Espinoza, McArthur, McCarthy, Maloney, Kone, McManaman, Al Habsi, Henriquez, Golobart, Caldwell, Di Santo, Fyvie