Everton manager Roberto Martinez has penned a new five-year deal with the Blue-Half of Merseyside following a stellar season in the Premier League. The Toffees finished 5th, picking up their highest summation of points (72) in the Premier League era, while former manager David Moyes struggled and ultimately found himself jobless at Manchester United.
Martinez’s innovative, tactical mind was heralded at Wigan and Swansea, but the Latics’ constant relegation battle every season left many fans wondering was Martinez able to cut it at a larger club. However, the Spaniard has proven that alongside Brendan Rodgers of Liverpool and recently announced Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino (formerly of Southampton), that tactical awareness and high technical ability are beginning to take hold in England. Everton chairman Bill Kenwright had this to say about Roberto:
“He took on an unfamiliar challenge for most managers – to take something really good and make it even better.
“He undertakes his business with great style, confidence, positivity and class. He is an Everton man.”
Everton will hope to improve next season and push for a top four place, but with such influential stars from their team on loan, such as Romelu Lukaku and Gerard Deulofeu, Martinez will need a sizable amount of money to take his Everton side to the next stage of their development.