Everton chairman Bill Kenwright says Roberto Martinez has competitors to succeed David Moyes

Hiring Roberto Martinez could cost Bill Kenwright and Everton around £2million in compensation. Photo: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Everton are speaking to Roberto Martinez over their managerial vacancy but chairman Bill Kenwright has stressed the Spaniard is not the only option.

Wigan boss Martinez is the firm favourite to succeed David Moyes at Goodison Park with Latics chairman Dave Whelan giving his blessing to such a move.

Wigan have given permission for talks but Kenwright insists other options will also be explored.

Speaking on Wednesday, Kenwright told Sky Sports News: "I will meet Roberto in the next 48 hours.

"He is on the list, as I have always said. He's no more than on the list."

Other options could include internal candidates such as David Weir, Phil Neville, Duncan Ferguson and Alan Stubbs.

Cardiff's Malky Mackay and Porto coach Vitor Pereira have also been linked with the position.

Whelan has said Everton would need to pay around £2million in compensation if they want Martinez.

Martinez, the former Swansea boss, has been courted by Aston Villa and Liverpool in each of the past two summers but remained at the DW Stadium.

His stock has risen throughout his four years in charge of the club, even though they have mostly been spent battling against relegation.

After near misses in his previous years, he was unable to spare Latics the drop from the Barclays Premier League this season but he did secure a handsome consolation by pulling off a remarkable FA Cup triumph.

Everton are looking for a new manager for the first time in 11 years following Moyes' decision to move to Manchester United.

Kenwright, who has been the subject of fans' ire in the past, feels he has the support of the majority of supporters as he leads the recruitment process.

He said: "The most gratifying thing is 90 per cent have said, 'You didn't let us down last time, go with your gut instinct and hopefully you'll get it right again'."

"All I can say is there is no way that I or anyone can say, 'We'll get it right, we'll get the right man', but I certainly will put everything into getting it right and getting the right DNA for Everton Football Club."

Martinez first came to English football when he joined Wigan as a player in 1995.

He later played for Motherwell, Walsall, Swansea and Chester before beginning his management career back at Swansea.