Roberto Martinez is the new Everton manager
If such a fairground ride ever existed, the managerial merry-go-round would certainly be value for money; it goes fast, is always open and doesn’t seem to ever end.
June 5th, 2013
In the latest round of changes, Roberto Martinez has succeeded David Moyes as the manager of Everton – leaving behind a Wigan Athletic side which could not avoid relegation despite winning the club’s first major honour last month, the FA Cup.
He joins an Everton side which similarly had reached the end of the road with its last manager; David Moyes has replaced a retiring Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, leaving Everton to take on an equally ambitious new recruit, in the hopes of maintaining their record of a top-eight finish in each of the past seven seasons and to see them edging into European competition.
According to a story published on AOL, Martinez will be free to bring his pick of Wigan players across the north-west to Goodison Park, provided that his former chairman Dave Whelan is properly compensated with “the full market value”; such deals have for the most part been banned, such as when Brendan Rogers joined Liverpool from Swansea.
Whelan and Everton chairman Bill Kenwright have allegedly wangled a deal which will see the Latics compensated for their manager’s loss; believed by several sources to be in the region of £1.5m – money which would reasonably be added to the coffers as Wigan prepares for life in the Championship – and perhaps enough to keep hold of a big name or two.
As of today, Wigan are 12-1 with several bookies to win the Championship in May 2014. But who will be the man in charge at the DW Stadium?