Everton are on the hunt for a new manager, and it was reported on Monday afternoon that the club had approached Roberto Martinez to re-join the club in Merseyside, which inevitably led to an unhappy fan response, and now there has been an update on the potential appointment.
Journalist and Everton insider, Alan Myers, took to Twitter on Monday evening to give an update on the current situation at Everton, and the progress on appointing the next manager.
“As I said last night, Roberto Martinez is wanted by the Everton board, the Belgian FA don’t want him to go, he would welcome a return but it’s unlikely to happen at this point, that of course could change.”
David Ornstein had reported on Monday afternoon that Martinez, who is currently managing the Belgium national side, had been approached by the club, tweeting;
“Roberto Martinez understood to have been offered Everton job & is talking to Belgium FA. If move does happen, believed 48yo Spaniard would like to take Thierry Henry as assistant. #EFC preference interim but situation unresolved + ongoing.”
The former Everton communications director’s tweet will definitely leave fans buzzing, as the response to the potential reunion with Martinez at Goodison Park has not been welcomed by fans on social media, with one Toffees fan tweeting:
“The end of Roberto Martinez’ tenure at Everton was toxic. His post-match interview comments were delusional. He was deservedly fired and then sued the club for compensation. It’s a no from me.”
Match going Everton fans will remember banners being flown, protests being planned and even pitch invasions from furious supporters in the Spaniard’s third and final term in charge at the club, which isn’t too far away from what we have seen a repeat of with Benitez this season.
Farhad Moshiri will need to sign a new manager soon, as Everton face Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa in the early kick-off on Saturday afternoon, and have an important FA Cup fourth round game against Brentford the following week, so finding the right manager to lead the side out and turn around their bad form is essential.
It would very appear that Martinez is not the right choice, and thus, the Goodison faithful will be pleased to see that he is now unlikely to land the job.
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