EVERTON have made Malky Mackay their No.1 choice to succeed David Moyes at Goodison Park according to the Daily Star
Toffees chairman Bill Kenwright believes the Cardiff boss would be the ideal candidate to replace new Manchester United manager Moyes.
Fellow Scot Mackay is in a strong position after leading Cardiff to the top flight this season.
The 41-year-old won the Championship on a modest budget and Kenwright believes he could continue the good work Moyes has done at Goodison. But the Toffees chief faces a tough battle to lure Mackay away from the Welsh capital.
Mackay is a hero with fans but Bluebird bosses will fight tooth and nail to keep him.
Celtic’s Neil Lennon and Roberto Martinez have also been linked with the Everton vacancy, but the Wigan boss has insisted his only focus at the moment is tomorrow’s FA Cup Final and keeping his club in the Premier League.
When asked if Everton had been in contact, Martinez said: “At this moment it would be a waste of time.
“Yes it is compliment (to be linked) but it doesn’t affect me. Speculation? It’s part of the job.
“All this is not going to affect anything, because this is the crucial time of the season for us.
“It is the most exciting two weeks in the club’s history, because of what it could represent for the future. Nothing is going to distract us or take our focus away from that.”
Should Martinez replace Moyes at Everton then he is confident the club he leaves behind will continue to thrive.
The former Swansea boss added: “If I go, then Wigan goes on. That happened at my previous club.”
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