If Everton fire Roberto Martinez, should Aston Villa make a move?

If Everton fire Roberto Martinez, should Aston Villa make a move?

Roberto Martinez is a man under pressure at Everton, having failed to take the club forward since being appointed in 2013.

This season despite having an array of attacking talent, they have disappointed, and sit in 12th place, just 11 points clear of the relegation zone, and 16 points off the top four.

With supporters frustrated, Martinez's future is a talking point, with ESPN even asking last month if he would be the next Premier League boss to be fired.

If Everton did get ruthless and dismiss the Spaniard, there may be one club in particular which takes an interest in his services; Championship bound Aston Villa.

Villa made an approach for Martinez in 2011, The BBC reported, only for him to decide to stay at Wigan Athletic.

Martinez went on to win the FA Cup with Wigan two years later, enhancing his reputation, but also taking a hit as the Latics were relegated the same year.

Aston Villa are on the verge of suffering relegation, currently managed by caretaker boss Eric Black, and Martinez would become a credible choice if he were to become available.

He has promotion on his CV before, leading Swansea City from League One into the Championship, and his extensive experience managing and playing in England would count in his favour.

Whether his attacking style of football, which has shown to be flawed defensively, could cut it in the Championship next season is another matter, as is his mindset, needing to adjust from battling relegation and fighting in mid-table, to suddenly being expected to win every single week at a promotion chaser, with his spell at Swansea many years ago now.

Perhaps it all would have worked out very differently for Villa had Martinez taken the job five years ago, and for now he appears fully committed to Everton... until they tell him they feel differently.

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