Everton may be looking to settle down under Marco Silva, but one of their former managers could be on the move in the coming days, in a move that few could have predicted.
The Toffees brought in Silva as the fourth manager of the Farhad Moshiri era, following Roberto Martinez, Ronald Koeman and Sam Allardyce, and the Portuguese boss has shown promising signs this season.
His predecessor Allardyce is yet to make his return to management, whilst Koeman and Martinez are in charge of national teams; Netherlands and Belgium respectively.
However, Spaniard Martinez could be in line for a stunning return to club management, having been strongly linked with the Real Madrid job in recent days.
Real sacked manager Julen Lopetegui after a 5-1 defeat to Barcelona over the weekend, and with Antonio Conte ruled out of the running, the Daily Mail now report that Martinez is now the favourite for the job.
Martinez may have taken Belgium to the semi-finals of the World Cup this past summer, but few would have predicted that a move to Real Madrid would be on the cards – especially as the last club linked with him were Aston Villa.
Everton fans have unsurprisingly had plenty to say about Martinez potentially heading to the Bernabeu, suggesting that it would be 'catastrophic' for Real to appoint him whilst daring the Spanish giants to make such a bold move.
Others joked about him signing former Everton defender Antolin Alcaraz for Real, with the general reaction being one of disbelief after his three-year spell at Goodison Park, two of which were hugely disappointing.
Roberto Martinez is going to become manager of Real. I hope they’re ready to win 13-11 and sign Martinez’s version of the holy trinity; Antolin Alcaraz, James McCarthy and Arouna Kone.— S (@EFC_95) October 30, 2018
I would pay massive money to see Roberto Martinez as Real Madrid manager with Graeme Jones as his assistant— Matty (@_MattyEFC) October 29, 2018
Imagine if Martinez goes to Real Madrid ahahahahaha. How could we explain that for 2 years the man was a joke— Ross (@rossEFC95) October 29, 2018
Bobby Martinez has gone from being an actual failure as Everton manager to being one of the favourites to be Real Madrid head coach. What strange times we live in...— James (@archivesofjames) October 31, 2018
Roberto #martinez being favourite for the #RealMadrid job is the craziest thing I’ve heard for a long time. See how the #galacticos enjoy @AntolinAlcaraz1 and Aiden McGeady @bluekippercom @nsno @ALANMYERSMEDIA @EvertonBlueArmy— Jim Mac (@jimefc81) October 31, 2018
If Solari fails in his interim role, appointing Roberto Martinez will be catastrophic for Real Madrid, wasn’t good enough for Everton.— owenparkesefc (@owenparkes123) October 29, 2018
Roberto Martinez is 7/2 to become the next Real Madrid manager (third favourite).— Sam Eaton (@sameaton12) October 30, 2018
He spent £16 million on Oumar Niasse for Everton back in 2016.
Can’t help but think putting him in charge of a big budget is a bad move... pic.twitter.com/qgnhPXkvkM
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! If Roberto Martinez even gets an interview for the Real Madrid job they need to have new presidential elections straight away. I love Roberto, such a nice fella, but he can't manage a side to save his life!— AndyCM81 (@AndyCM81) October 30, 2018
If Roberto Martinez gets that Real Madrid job then nothing in life is real— Danny Evans (@OfficialDannyE) October 30, 2018
I hope Martinez gets the Madrid job because he's a nice fella and all that but is he really good enough for it? Relegated with Wigan, Sacked by us now the next Real Madrid manager..— ForeverEverton (@ForeverEverton0) October 30, 2018