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Everton Says Deal for Roberto Martinez Not Done Yet; Discussions Still Continuing

Everton Football Club has hit back at reports that the club are close to announcing a deal to unveil Roberto Martinez as their next manager.

On Monday afternoon, according to Wigan owner Dave Whelan, the club had agreed a compensation fee with Everton for the release of Roberto Martinez from his contract. However, Whelan’s statement looks to be premature according to a club statement from Everton.

“In response to regrettable and somewhat premature reports earlier this evening, Everton Football Club are continuing discussions with regards to the vacant managerial position.

“Whilst positive moves are being made, the Club will officially announce details as and only when they are agreed and completed.

Reading between the lines, Everton are not happy that Whelan decided to speak with Sky Sports regarding the negotiations. Whether Martinez is the sole candidate being considered, it’s unclear. But it’s quite possible that Everton may still be discussing the vacant manager position with someone else in addition to Martinez. Otherwise, why would the club issue the statement at this point in time?

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  1. Mekias

    June 4, 2013 at 9:30 am

    I’m pretty sure Martinez is still the guy. Everton just didn’t like Whelan trumping their big announcement. They may still be ironing out the contract but that’s likely just a formality.

    Martinez is a good choice. There may have been better choices out there but I didn’t have much faith that Kenwright would have been able to get one of them. Like others, I’m interested to see how a more attacking style manager will transform Everton. I’m also worried that he’ll screw up our defense.

    That all being said, I like Martinez a lot as a person. He’s really engaging. That’s one thing he has in common with Moyes. I think I like Moyes and Martinez better as people and characters than I do as football managers.

  2. Pakapala

    June 4, 2013 at 8:37 am

    “Everton may still be discussing the vacant manager position with someone else in addition to Martinez. Otherwise, why would the club issue the statement at this point in time?”

    Maybe for the simple reason that they put in their statement. There’s no signature done yet. Agreement doesn’t mean much if contracts are not signed. Wheelan’s statement is what it is there’s an agreement between the 2 clubs. However Everton and Martinez have not made official (pen to paper) their deal.

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