So the Sir Alex Ferguson era at Manchester United is over and therefore the era of David Moyes at Everton must also come to an end. The general rule of managerial swings-and-roundabouts now suggests that another era must also come to an end for Everton to appoint a new gaffer.
The manager who seems to be the front-runner in the bookies eyes is Wigan Athletic gaffer Roberto Martinez. While obviously this evening he has bigger fish to fry with Wigan in the FA Cup Final against Manchester City you can be sure that come tomorrow he will be struggling to deflect questions on his future; while defeat to Arsenal on Tuesday may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.
The camel is the fight to survive in the Premier League with the unfashionable and unfancied Lactics; where Martinez has done so well in recent seasons to get his team scratching down to their cuticles with desperation to stay up. However this season it looks increasingly likely that they will finally lose that grip and Martinez will not be there to pull them back up.
So despite his achievements with Swansea City and Wigan why else should The Toffees give the job to the Spaniard in the summer? Why to get one over on Liverpool of course.
To preface we must travel back in time to about this time last year.
Liverpool were ready to depart with ‘King’ Kenny Dalglish and depending on who you believe either the former Swansea boss or the then current gaffer in South Wales was FSG’s number one choice to take the team forward.
If you believe Roberto or his chairman Dave Whelan it was Martinez all the way:
‘’…when Liverpool made me an offer. I stayed because my chairman is unique. This summer , we sat down together. He had thought about the future of the club, I’d done the same. He knew that I had spoken with other clubs. But he is so persuasive... I extended my contract for three years.’’
However the Liverpool board feel differently with co-owner Tom Werner stating:
‘’We ended up focussing only on Brendan Rodgers. We never made an offer to any other manager.’’
But regardless Everton fans would always be able to claim they brought in the manager their rivals could not lure; and if he was to help The Toffees outperform their more illustrious rivals once again next season that would not be forgotten.
Then there is James McCarthy. The Irish midfielder has been excellent under Martinez but rejected Liverpool in the past. If Wigan were to be relegated and Martinez head to Merseyside what are the chances of McCarthy following him? I would say pretty high.
Get the manager their rivals may or may not have been able to convince to come Anfield; who then brings the midfield talent who rejected them twice; that would certainly stoke the fire ahead of next season.
Do you think Martinez and McCarthy could be on their way to Everton this summer?
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