Body blow: Martinez will be alarmed to learn of Lukaku's career plan

By Guy Giles

Former Everton manager Roberto Martinez has said the club need to appoint someone with experience if they want to challenge for silverware.

Ronald Koeman was sacked as Toffees’ manager last month after a disastrous start to the season, and youth boss David Unsworth has taken the reins on a temporary basis as the club hierarchy look for a successor to the Dutchman.

Unsworth’s short stint as boss has seen Everton exit two cup competitions, the EFL Cup and the Europa League, but a come-from-behind league win over Watford on Sunday has boosted Unsworth’s chances of keeping the job on a permanent basis.

However, Martinez believes the club must appoint an experienced manager if they want to maintain their lofty ambitions.

Speaking to Talksport, Martinez said: “If the goal now for the manager arriving at Everton is to win silverware or try to get as close to Europe, you need experience. There is no two ways about it.

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“The Premier League is such a demanding league, you have to have some sort of experience.”

Martinez, who is managing internationally with Belgium, did however suggest Unsworth might be the right man for the job depending on the club’s goals going forward.

He said: “If the goal is to give stability and build the squad and try to work with young players, try to make good decisions and try to have a well-balanced squad going forward, you don’t need that experience. It depends on the goal or the objectives of the job.”

In other Everton news, this experienced campaigner is the new favourite for the manager job after face-to-face talks with the club’s owner.

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