Martinez decides to exit Wigan

28 May 2013 09:08:47 EST

Roberto Martinez has decided to leave FA Cup winners Wigan Athletic after their relegation from the Premier League, ending a four-year tenure at the DW Stadium.

The 39-year-old Spaniard had asked for time to consider his future with the Latics following their demotion to the Championship and Martinez has now opted for a fresh challenge.

He feels he's not the man to lead us back into the Premier League.

Dave Whelan

Wigan are 1212/1 to win the Championship title next season, with Nottingham Forest 1212/1 and Bolton Wanderers 1212/1.

Martinez had started his managerial career with Swansea City before heading to Wigan, having previously played in Britain with Wigan, Motherwell, Walsall, Swansea and Chester City.

The pinnacle of his managerial career to date came earlier this month when a Ben Watson header secured a 1-0 FA Cup final win over Manchester City at Wembley.

Latics chairman Dave Whelan told BBC Sport: "He wanted permission to move so I've given him that. He has 12 months left on his contract, so whoever comes in for him must pay the remainder of his contract.

"He feels he's not the man to lead us back into the Premier League. I've got to accept what he feels."

Martinez has been heavily linked with the vacant managerial post at Everton, with the Toffees on the lookout for a new boss following David Moyes' move to Manchester United.

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