Everton have made an approach with a view to appointing Roberto Martinez as their new manager. The Spaniard has left Belgium’s FA in the lurch after announcing he is leaving his position on Monday, just days before they are due to play at Euro 2016.
Everton have contacted the Belgian Football Association to discuss Roberto Martinez as a possible manager.
Martinez previously led Everton from 2013 to May 2016, when he was fired.
Everton have made initial contact with the Belgian Football Association about the possibility of Belgium boss Roberto Martinez returning to the club.
With the World Cup in Qatar in November, Belgium is hesitant to lose the Spaniard, 48, and believes they will be able to keep him.
Martinez is a strong possibility to replace Rafael Benitez, who was dismissed by the Toffees on Sunday.
From 2013 until 2016, he was the manager of Everton.
In August 2016, he was named Belgium manager, and the team finished third in the 2018 World Cup. He is also the national team’s technical director.
Belgium, the world’s best team, is one of the favorites to win the World Cup this year.
Martinez has been linked with both Everton and Belgium, but the Belgian FA would dismiss such a proposition outright, and a clean end-of-season break is also unlikely, given that the World Cup will be hosted in Qatar in November and December rather than in the summer.
Martinez has support inside Everton’s boardroom despite being the first of five managers fired by current owner Farhad Moshiri after three seasons in command. Martinez was fired in May 2016 after three seasons in charge.
The Catalan has a soft spot for Everton and believes he still has unfinished business at Goodison Park.
He’s one of a number of possibilities being considered as Everton try to move on from Benitez’s ill-fated and poisonous tenure, which ended with fan outrage and demonstrations during and after Saturday’s 2-1 loss to struggling Norwich City.
After his contentious choice of former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez, Moshiri may find it difficult to sell Martinez. After a successful debut season in which Everton finished fifth, he, like Benitez, was the object of protesters and banners calling for his resignation.
After Benitez’s resignation, who will Everton’s next manager be?
Former Everton striker Wayne Rooney, who has been doing a fantastic job against the odds at Derby County, is another name mentioned as a possible target, while former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is another name mentioned as a possible target.
Duncan Ferguson, an assistant manager at Everton who has worked for a number of sacked managers, is another contender, but it’s worth noting that the statement announcing Benitez’s resignation made no mention of a caretaker, suggesting they’ll be looking for a permanent replacement quickly.
If Everton are unable to find their man, Ferguson will most likely take over as temporary manager for a second time until Benitez is replaced, beginning with Saturday’s home match against Aston Villa.
Everton has announced that all of Benitez’s backroom staff has left the club, including assistant manager Francisco de Miguel Moreno and first-team coach Antonio Gomez.
Potter on Everton rumours
Potter says he’s’very pleased’ at Brighton and rejects Everton speculation.
“I can’t comment on conjecture, things that are out there in the headlines,” Brighton manager Graham Potter, who has been connected with the job, said on Monday.
“I’m focused on my work here, and I’m extremely pleased here at one of the best-run football teams in the Premier League, with a terrific owner, chairman, CEO, and sports director,” says the player.
“No, not really,” he said when asked whether he was flattered by the connections. It’s all conjecture or folks who want to write something.
“The fact is that I’m a member of a fantastic football club that has aided me.” I’m not here because I’m particularly talented; rather, I’m at a wonderful club with excellent support.
“I have individuals who enable me to perform my work, who support me, who trust me, and these are crucial things.” Around the club, there is a system in place.
“When things are going well, we’re probably not as good as people believe; when things aren’t going well, we’re probably not as horrible as people think.”
“You can’t control what individuals write or publish.”
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