Roberto Martínez confirmed as the new Everton manager
Martínez, who led Wigan Athletic to the FA Cup last season, but also to relegation from the Premier League, had long been the favourite to succeed David Moyes at Goodison Park with Moyes leaving the club at the end of last season to take over at Manchester United.
An announcement on the appointment had widely been expected since Monday evening when Wigan’s chairman, Dave Whelan, announced that the two clubs had agreed terms on a compensation package, believed to be in the region of £2m.
The 39-year-old Spaniard joined Wigan as manager in 2009 after two years in charge at Swansea City.
He will inherit an Everton team that finished sixth in the Premier League last season. Moyes spent 11 years at Goodison Park and won many admirers for steering Everton to regular top eight finishes, despite not having anything like the finances of the teams around him. The Scot, however, failed to win anything while at Everton.
Martínez emerged as the outright first choice of the chairman Bill Kenwright after he considered a three-man shortlist, believed to also include Porto’s Vitor Pereira and former Schalke coach Ralf Rangnick, over the weekend.
However, Everton’s interest in the Latics manager was registered some time before that when it became clear the Spaniard was considering his position following their relegation from the Premier League.
Everton made an official approach on 24 May and four days later Martínez told Whelan he wanted to leave as he did not feel up to the task of getting the club out of the Championship.
However, despite the negative connotations of taking a team down Martínez enhanced his reputation by winning the FA Cup – something Moyes never achieved in his 11 years at the club – by beating Manchester City at Wembley last month.
The Spaniard is renowned for playing an attractive style of football and working on a relatively stringent budget, both of which appealed to the Goodison hierarchy.
The former Everton striker Kevin Campbell believes Martinez will be “a breath of fresh air” after Moyes’s more pragmatic approach.
“The way he plays the game, the fans are going to like the style, and I think the players are going to improve, and that’s really important,” he said. “Everton have wonderfully gifted players and I think he will give them a new lease of life.”