All the news and gossip from the past seven days at Goodison Park.
The big news from Everton this week is the appointment of Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez as the new gaffer at Goodison Park. The appointment was confirmed on Wednesday where it was announced the 39-year-old Spaniard had signed a four-year contract on Merseyside.
Martinez had this to say about the next step in his managerial career:
"It is a really special day for me to join Everton Football Club. I am excited and honoured to come here and I would like to thank the Chairman and the board of directors for handing me this opportunity. I cannot wait to soak myself in all things Everton and become part of this Club. The move here came in a natural way. I had a phenomenal time at Wigan but it was the right time to move on. It felt right to join Everton.’’
It came after he informed chairman Bill Kenwright that he would guarantee Champions League football for the club and Kenwright stated that he was ‘‘thrilled, excited, buoyed and in of awe of him’’.
The appointment has been widely praised by fans and former players with Kevin Campbell saying he will be ‘a breath of fresh air’ while Barry Horne says he ‘ticks many of the boxes’ required to manage the club.
Martinez also said he was ready to ask former boss David Moyes for advice when needed. Moyes takes over at Manchester United this summer and has stated he will be happy to help the person who takes over from him at the club.
Meanwhile Dave Whelan says there is absolutely no agreement to stop Wigan players following their former manager to Goodison Park. The likes of James McCarthy and Callum McManaman have been linked with following their manager to Merseyside and Whelan says Martinez has every right to try and sign them as long as the club are sufficiently compensated.
Coaching staff expected follow him include Graeme Jones, Kevin Reeves and Inaki Bergara.
Everton have announced three more friendlies for the pre-season period. All three ties are away fixtures against Austria Vienna on the 14th July; Accrington Stanley on the 17th and Blackburn Rovers ten days later at Ewood Park. They will then depart for their American tour where they will take on Juventus and either LA Galaxy or Real Madrid.
Three players are set to leave the club on free transfers this summer. Phil Neville, Thomas Hitzlsperger and Jan Mucha are the only three first-team names on the Premier League’s list of non-retained players. Youngsters Sam Kelly, Johan Hammar, Jasper Johns, Tom Molyneux and George Waring will also leave.
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