Everton could land Martinez on one condition after Ornstein update - pundit

By Paul Robinson

18th Jan, 2022 | 6:00pm

Martinez could accept Everton offer on one condition after Ornstein update - pundit

Roberto Martinez would not leave Belgium on the eve of the World Cup to take over at Everton, according to Paul Robinson.

However, the ex-Spurs and England number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested there could be a scenario where the 48-year-old does both jobs for a short period.

The Toffees are on the hunt for a new manager after Rafael Benitez’s dismissal was confirmed on Sunday.

According to The Athletic‘s David Ornstein (17 January), the Merseyside club have acted quick and offered Martinez the chance to return to Goodison Park.

However, it is said that the Everton board’s preference is for Martinez to return on an interim basis.

When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his assessment of the latest, Robinson said:

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“Martinez left a sour taste when he left but he is a different manager now.

“The problem is he has a real opportunity of winning the World Cup with Belgium this year. He is managing the number one team in the world. I cannot see him being prized away from that job.

“Could he do both? We’ve seen it done before it’s difficult to focus your full attention.

“He may see the Everton job as unfinished business. It could be a draw for him. If this conversation is being had after the World Cup, I could see it happening.

“I think it’d be very difficult to get him at this stage though. This is Belgium’s biggest chance of winning a World Cup.”

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