Next Everton Manager: Martinez fave for enviable job

14May 2013

England - Premier League


With David Moyes bound for Man United, Christian Crowther argues that he leaves behind a more attractive post than it may appear...


As David Moyes heads into the Everton sunset to begin a new dawn at Old Trafford next season, prospective fillers of the vacancy that he leaves behind will actually have a fantastic platform for further success.


Despite the fact that Moyes never managed to secure that elusive trophy, observers of the game have long recognised his ability to construct quality sides, something he has done throughout his 11-year spell.


In the same way that Sir Alex Ferguson believes that he's left his successor a Manchester United squad in brilliant shape to kick on, Moyes will bestow an Everton squad full of talent on his Goodison Park heir.


There is quality all over the park in this Everton side. Not least in a rock solid defensive partnership between Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin but especially in wide areas where you have Leighton Baines raiding up the left and the quick feet of both Kevin Mirallas and Steven Pienaar.


The squad is also blessed with bright futures when you look at the likes of Seamus Coleman and Ross Barkley.


It remains to be seen whether or not the Toffees will be able to keep hold of Marouane Fellaini and Baines, both potential movers to Old Trafford but, even so, the chairman has promised reinvestment.


The rumours suggest that Moyes' replacement will be allowed to reinvest practically the entirety of any fee received for Fellaini should he depart, which is expected to be in excess of £20 million.


While Kenwright's pockets may be a substantially shallower than that of a Sheikh Mansour, the Everton chairman has always maintained a healthy relationship with Moyes and

you'd expect him to build a strong relationship with any new incumbent.


So who is likely to take on this enviable position? At the moment the market has three or four frontrunners.


Topping the list at present is FA Cup winner Roberto Martinez, available at 3.8. Much may depend on Wigan's fate though. If the Latics survive, he may well be content to stay at the club but, if not, it seems unlikely that he could turn the post down.


Meanwhile, Malky Mackay, at 6.4, appeared to publicly distance himself on Match of the Day on Sunday night.


A lot of the early interest surrounded Celtic boss Neil Lennon, priced at 6.6 currently, though that particular trail appears to have run cold in the media.


Club legend Alan Stubbs makes a very interesting outside bet at 9.6.



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Keywords: Everton, manager, Martinez

Source: Betfair

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