By Alex Taylor
Former Everton manager Roberto Martinez could be the next Spain manager, according to reports.
Spanish publcation AS claim that mounting pressure on Vicente Del Bosque could lead to his dismissal and the unexpected appointment of Martinez.
The 42-year-old manager was sacked by Everton at the end of this season after finishing 11th in the Premier League for the second year in a row, with what many believe to be a talented and promising young squad.
The Toffees suffered losses to Sunderland, West Ham and Stoke in a miserable domestic campaign in which they conceded 55 goals in the competition.
The AS report mentions that Martinez is in competition with Juan Garrido, Pepe Mel and Julen Lopetegui to replace Del Bosque following Spain’s elimination from Euro 2016 at the hands of Italy on Monday.
Martinez’s name on the shortlist will come as a big surprise to many Premier League fans given how Everton failed to reach expectations in the last two season.
If the former Swansea manager was to land the Spain job it would see him manage some of Europe’s most talented players including Andres Iniesta, David Silva and David De Gea.
Martinez has won just one major trophy in his time as a manager after lifting the FA Cup with Wigan in 2013.
In other Everton news, the club are are eyeing a move for AC Milan striker M’Baye Niang as a possible partner for Romelu Lukaku.