Everton appoint Martinez

New Everton manager Roberto Martinez
New Everton manager Roberto Martinez

ROBERTO Martinez has been confirmed as the new manager of Everton.

After weeks of speculation and days of waiting for the inevitable announcement, the Goodison Park club finally revealed their new man this afternoon on a four-year-contract.

It brings to an end four years of management at the DW Stadium for Martinez and an association with the club that dates back to 1995 when he first signed as a player.

Martinez told the press conference at Goodison Park: “It was the right time now to be involved in such an exciting challenge. What David Moyes has done he’s set real standards and set an incredible platform for the next manager and I’m very proud to be given the chance to continue to the next level.

“Wigan have got a great future ahead, it was the right time to have a new, fresh energy about the place.

“I felt that it was the right time after four special years to move on. I’ve been, altogether, ten years with the club and I felt it was the right time for a fresh challenge.”

The hunt has already begun for a new boss at the DW Stadium with Latics chairman Dave Whelan saying he wants a new man at the helm very soon.

Whelan said: “We have had a lot of applications and I think we will be choosing from the people who have applied.

“There are some very good candidates among them and with the quality that is there it is going to be difficult.

“It has got to be sorted out over the next nine or 10 days. We have got to get on. The Championship starts sooner than the Premier League and we have got a lot of games.”

Although Wigan will be playing in Europe for the first time in thei history, courtesy of last month’s FA Cup final win over Manchester City, Whelan has set his new manager just one priority: bouncing back from top-flight relegation immediately.

“We have got to get over it and get back in the Premier League as soon as possible,” he added.

Names already linked with the vacancy include former England manager Steve McClaren, Brighton’s Gus Poyet, Mike Phelan and Rene Meulensteen - both assistants to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United - MK Dons’ Karl Robinson and ex-Bolton boss Owen Coyle.