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Martinez prepares for talks

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Tue, 28 May 2013 12:48:00

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is meeting club owner Dave Whelan at 1pm today to discuss his future following the team's relegation.

Martinez has been linked with the vacancy at Everton after leading the Latics to their first FA Cup success and a place in next season's Europa League.

And Wigan skipper Gary Caldwell has urged the Spaniard to stay at the DW Stadium to boost his side's chances of a swift return to the top flight.

"Everyone wants to be here next year and obviously the gaffer is at the head of everything we do here," he said.

"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."

A decision had been expected last week but Martinez wanted more time after asking Whelan about plans for the club's training facilities and youth development policy.

Whelan has previously made it clear that he will never stand in Martinez's way if he wants to leave, but remains hopeful the Spaniard will stay.

He said last week: "The ball's in my court, I've got to say to Roberto 'I'm going to deliver on the following things', and it's mainly training ground facilities and youth development.

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