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Everton confirm Roberto Martinez as new manager

Updated: Wednesday, 05 Jun 2013 14:58 | Comments

Roberto Martinez is set to start his reign as Everton manager
Roberto Martinez is set to start his reign as Everton manager

Roberto Martinez has been confirmed as the new Everton manager on a four-year deal.

Everton confirmed the Spaniard's arrival in a press release this afternoon, with the former Wigan boss set to be unveiled at a press conference at 4pm.

Martinez led Wigan to the FA Cup last season but opted to leave the club after they also suffered relegation from the Barclays Premier League.

Martinez had been in talks with the club over the last couple of days after the Toffees agreed a compensation deal, believed to be about £1.5million, with Wigan.

Martinez, 39, has always been the long-time favourite to succeed Manchester United-bound David Moyes after his 11 years in charge

He emerged as the outright first choice of chairman Bill Kenwright after he considered a three-man shortlist, believed to also include Porto's Vitor Pereira and former Schalke coach Ralf Rangnick, over the weekend.

However, the Toffees' interest in the Latics boss was registered some time before that when it became clear the Spaniard was considering his position following their relegation from the Premier League.

Everton made an official approach on May 24 and four days later Martinez told Wigan chairman Dave Whelan he wanted to leave as he did not feel up to the task of getting the club out of the npower Championship.

However, despite the negative connotations of taking a team down Martinez enhanced his reputation by winning the FA Cup - something Moyes has not achieved - by beating Manchester City at Wembley last month.

He is renowned for playing an attractive style of football and working on a relatively stringent budget, both of which appealed to the Goodison hierarchy.

Former Everton striker Kevin Campbell believes Martinez will be "a breath of fresh air" after Moyes' more regimented approach.

"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."

"Everton Football Club is today delighted to confirm the appointment of Roberto Martinez as its next manager," the statement read.

"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."

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