Friday, 31 May 2013


ABOVE: Roberto Martinez quit as Wigan manager after they were relegated from the Premier League
Everton began with a list of about 30 names
31st May 2013

By Jack Wilson

EVERTON have trimmed down their shortlist to three names as they look to fill their vacant managerial post.

Roberto Martinez is definitely in the running and remains the favourite for the job - but the identity of the other two is unclear.

Everton officials have spoken to Red Bull Salzburg sporting director Ralph Rangnick, who had success at German sides Hoffenheim and Schalke, but it is not known whether he has made the final trio of candidates to replace Manchester United-bound David Moyes.

Porto's Vitor Pereira has also been approached by the Toffees while the likes of Cardiff's Malky Mackay and Celtic's Neil Lennon were also linked with the job.

Everton began with a list of about 30 names and have interviewed internal candidates, turning their attentions to out-of-work managers or those whose contracts are expiring - like Pereira - before sounding out those currently working at clubs.

An approach for Martinez was made last Friday - and granted by Wigan chairman Dave Whelan.

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright met with Martinez in London on Wednesday and is expected to complete his deliberations over the weekend.

Whelan is looking for £2million compensation to allow Martinez to break the remaining 12 months of his contract, a factor which may yet come into the final reckoning.