Roberto Martinez can't rule out one day returning to Swansea after Everton

Roberto Martinez pitchside for Everton

Roberto Martinez has not ruled out the prospect of returning to manage Swansea City in the future.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez could return to manage Swansea City in the future, after admitting his special relationship with the club remains intact.

Martinez managed Swansea between 2007 and 2009, promoting them from League One to the Championship during his tenure.

The Spaniard had a 50% win rate during his time in West Wales, and if often considered to have laid the foundations for their eventual Premier League arrival.

Martinez says he is still emotionally connected with Swansea, and did not rule out that he could return in the future.

"Swansea City will always be a special memory and a special football club to always keep an eye on," he is reported as saying on BBC Sport.

"I was very fortunate to be a part of it as a player and then as a captain.

"The achievements have been terrific. As a football club it is very close to my heart and that will never change."

Martinez left Swansea for Wigan Athletic back in 2009, where he went on to keep them in the Premier League for three more season and claim a historic FA Cup win. He then joined Everton for the 2013/14 season, guiding them to a solid fifth place finish.

Martinez was the first of a succession of top-class managers to take the reins at the Liberty Stadium in recent years. Following his two-year spell in charge, Brendan Rodgers arrived on the scene and got the club promoted to the top-flight. Rodgers eventually left for Liverpool in 2012, and in came Danish coach Michael Laudrup, who oversaw the club win their first ever piece of major silverware in the League Cup.

Now, a new era will start at Swansea. Laudrup left back in February due to a string of poor results and failing to balance the Swans league ambitions with their European commitments. Garry Monk was awarded the job on a full-time basis two-weeks ago, and now has the big shoes of his classy predecessors to fill.

But do Martinez’s comments leaving a return to the club open help Monk? Probably not.

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