Everton have named Roberto Martinez as their new manager, with the Spaniard signing a four-year deal.
Martinez has impressed many people over the past few seasons by repeatedly guiding Wigan Athletic to Premier League safety when it looked almost certain they’d go down. Last season that battle was finally lost but The Latics went down as FA Cup winners after defeating Manchester City in dramatic circumstances at Wembley.
Everton chairman Bill Kenwright seemed to have singled out Martinez quite soon after David Moyes’ departed Goodison Park and made an official approach on May 24, which was followed by the manager asking to leave the club a few days later. Wigan chairman Dave Whelan, always hugely supportive of his staff, told reporters that Martinez said he didn’t feel he was the right man to guide the club back to the Premier League.
The two clubs agreed on a compensation fee, believed to be around £1.5 million, and it was only a matter of time before the announcement was made by Everton.
The reaction towards the appointment has been largely positive from Everton fans and former striker Kevin Campbell believes the doubtful fans will be won over by the stylish brand of football the young manager will bring to the team.
"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.
Only time will tell if this is the right appointment of course, but I for one am looking forward to seeing what Martinez can do with players as talented as he has just inherited. Everton played some lovely football themselves last season, but I expect that to be a much more regular occurrence in the next.
Ex-England manager Steve McClaren and Steve Bruce have emerged as early favourites to replace Martinez at Wigan, although I expect that to change several times a day until an appointment is made.