Roberto Martínez is set for a second round of talks with Bill Kenwright on Friday as the Everton chairman closes in on appointing a successor to David Moyes.
Kenwright claimed there was no clear favourite for the Everton job before meeting the Wigan Athletic manager on Wednesday and has met other candidates in recent days. Porto's title-winning coach, Vitor Pereira, was among them and remains in contention, though Martínez will be the first to be interviewed twice by the Everton chairman.
The Wigan manager was not offered the job of replacing Moyes during Wednesday's initial meeting but could be installed by early next week provided the latest negotiations go well. Unlike the past two summers, when he was approached by Aston Villa and Liverpool, the 39-year-old informed the Wigan chairman, Dave Whelan, that he wished to leave the DW Stadium prior to holding talks with the Goodison Park club. Everton are also the only club given permission to approach Martínez so far.
Phil Neville, David Weir and Alan Stubbs have all been interviewed by Kenwright since Moyes agreed to join Manchester United and the Everton chairman has said he will reconsider all options before making his final decision.
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