11/10 Roberto Martinez perfect fit for next Everton manager
Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement and Manchester United’s subsequent recruitment of Everton’s David Moyes as his successor has left the storied-but-skint Merseyside club searching for a new broom. Roberto Martinez has emerged as Coral’s 11/10 favourite to take over the departing Scot’s well worn Goodison Park hot seat, with Porto’s Vitor Pereira and Celtic’s Neil Lennon 7/1 and 8/1 in the next Everton manager betting, and the Wigan puppet master has all the qualities necessary to make a seamless transition.
In his 11 years at Goodison Park David Moyes shone in numerous ways, with a tenure characterised by Toffees performances that remained enduringly competitive in the face of a constant pressure to sell players in order to balance the books.
The previous paragraph could have cribbed from the as yet unwritten epitaph to Roberto Martinez’s Wigan reign, with the Spaniard’s ability to get the most out of a Latics side suffused with a fair amount of average charges undeniable. Furthermore his loyalty to the cause is unimpeachable, having refused offers to leave the perennially crisis-bound DW Stadium for Liverpool and Aston Villa last season.
Although rival candidates Pereira and Lennon have the advantage of being out contract in the summer – sure to be appealing for a cash-strapped Toffees board for whom parsimony is a necessity – the fact Martinez has a year left on his contract at Wigan is unlikely to prove problematic. His club have previously indicated that they wouldn’t stand in the way of the 39-year-old if he wished to leave.
Pereira has shone at Porto – a side who have dwelt at the top of the Portuguese footballing tree in perpetuity – but he has had recourse to the Dragons’ legendary South American scouting network with all the money it that it generates, something that wouldn’t be available at Goodison.
Neil Lennon has done similarly well at Celtic, another big fish/small pond scenario and both men have only really experienced managerial success in their current roles. Pereira was sacked at third division Espinho before a reasonable though promotion-less performance at second division Santa Clara, whilst Lennon has only ever managed the Bhoys.
Martinez has already proven himself at Swansea City, where it would be unfair not to credit him with at least some of the Welsh club’s subsequent rise to prominence and rates a far safer proposition for the Toffees board than either of his two main rivals for their managerial vacancy.