English Premiership

Everton appoint Martinez

2013-06-05 15:51
Roberto Martinez (AFP)

Liverpool - Roberto Martinez is expected to be unveiled as the new manager of Everton on Wednesday, after the Premier League club confirmed a four-year deal has been reached.

Martinez to Manchester United-bound David Moyes, who has been in charge of the Merseyside club since 2002, and Martinez was free to move to Goodison Park after being granted permission to leave Wigan Athletic by chairman Dave Whelan.

British media reports said Everton had agreed to pay Wigan £1.5 million to release Martinez from the final year of his Wigan contract.

"Everton Football Club is today delighted to confirm the appointment of Roberto Martinez as its next manager.
"The 39-year-old Spaniard joins from Wigan Athletic and has signed a four-year contract at Goodison Park.

"Mr Martinez will be officially unveiled as the Club’s 14th permanent manager at a media conference on Wednesday afternoon. In a statement released by the club," read a statement on Everton's website.

Martinez led Wigan to a shock victory over Manchester City in this season's FA Cup final - the club's first major honour --but they were subsequently relegated from the Premier League.

Martinez has earned a reputation for producing teams that play attractive, passing football during his spells with Wigan and previous side Swansea City, and former Everton striker Kevin Campbell believes he will be a good fit at Goodison Park.

"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."


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