After more than five years away from Everton, Belgium manager Roberto Martinez is emerging as the front runner to take over as the club’s new coach.
Everton fired manager Rafael Benitez on Sunday afternoon after a 2-1 defeat to Norwich City on Saturday.
Benitez’s dreadful tenure as Everton manager has come to an end, as many predicted: with drab football and an enraged fans.
So, where does Everton go from here? They appear to be able to journey back in time in pursuit of success now and in the future.
Despite sacking Martinez in 2016, Everton want to bring him back as their next manager, according to the Telegraph.
Martinez has been approached by Everton and wants to return to Goodison Park, according to reports.
Martinez has even been rumored to be interested in managing both Everton and Belgium. At the highest level, we haven’t seen somebody split their time between international and club football in a long time.
Martinez’s contract has a £2 million release clause, according to the Mirror, so bringing him back would not be too expensive.
Martinez, 48, took over as Everton manager in 2013, succeeding David Moyes.
Martinez has only lost seven of his 68 matches in charge of Belgium, but despite having a great squad, he has yet to win a trophy.
Martinez’s rule has primarily been defined by dominating qualification. A third-place result at the 2018 World Cup was respectable, but his reign has mostly been defined by dominating qualification.
Although it would be a significant departure from the Benitez era, this move is unlikely to win back Everton supporters.