Boyce wants Martinez to remain at Wigan amid Everton interest

The defender insists the Spaniard has done a "fantastic job" at the DW Stadium and has backed his manager to lead the club to the Championship title next season
Wigan Athletic defender Emmerson Boyce hopes Roberto Martinez will snub interest from Everton to remain at the DW Stadium.

The 39-year-old Spaniard, who is Everton's first-choice candidate to succeed David Moyes at Goodison Park, has held talks with Wigan chairman Dave Whelan and is set to make a decision regarding his future.

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Martinez led Wigan to FA Cup glory this season but failed to prevent the club's relegation from the Premier League.

"Everyone at Wigan is hoping he is going to stay," Boyce told Sky Sports.

"He's done such a fantastic job since he has been there. The football that we play and the entertainment value has been excellent.

"As a coach we learn so many things from him. People can say we are fighting at the bottom of the table but for the size of a club like Wigan to survive this long is a fantastic achievement and to win the cup is a dream come true."

Boyce has backed Martinez to eventually move to a high-profile club but believes the Spaniard could lead Wigan's charge for the Championship title next term.

"I know he is an ambitious manager and he will manage one of the better teams but from my point of view I hope he stays because I think next year will be a really, really good season for us," he added.

"Fingers crossed we can keep most of our players together, keep our manager and hopefully challenge for the title next year."