News and gossip from the past seven days at Goodison Park.
Phil Neville has been heavily linked with the vacant Everton job this week; and the 36-year-old has reportedly pitched his credentials to Bill Kenwright. Neville was praising the decision of Manchester United to give his former manager David Moyes the managerial job at Old Trafford in light of Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement and went on to say how he had ‘grilled’ Moyes about management and feels he is prepared for such a role.
Staying on the manager front and Roberto Martinez has finally spoken about his future with Wigan Athletic. The Spaniard had not spoken about the incident until after the bus parade to celebrate their FA Cup glory - despite their relegation from the Premier League. It has been confirmed that he informed chairman Dave Whelan of his decision to speak to his family before making a decision on his future which is expected later today.
But in another twist it seems Vitor Pereira of FC Porto is fast becoming the bookies favourite after a surge of bets were made on the coach after Portuguese media proclaimed a pre-contract agreement. However, as yet, no contact has officially been made between the two parties.
Leon Osman has agreed a new two-year extension to his current deal which will keep him at the club until 2015. The 32-year-old has just come off the back of his best season yet for The Toffees which saw him represent his country for the first time in his tenth year as an active member of the first team.
The Daily Star report that Everton are interested in signing Espanyol midfielder Wakaso Mubarak. The Ghanaian international is expected to be offloaded as his club suffer financial difficulties and Inter Milan are also reported to be interested.
Finally and this week it has been reported that Maraoune Fellaini is ready to follow David Moyes to Manchester United next season; even though that is not really what the Belgian actually said:
“If I’m leaving Everton, I say if, it will depend on lots of factors. I only want to go to a club where the manager really wants me. In 2008, Everton did everything to convince me, especially David Moyes. He made me the player I am now.”
Finally and on the site we have highlighted an ambitious but perhaps comprehensible plan to bring Wayne Rooney back to the club - but it would mean giving Alan Stubbs the managerial reins. Audacious and outrageous? Yes. Likely? No .. but a fan can dream.
What are your thoughts on everything Everton FC this week?
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