Everton news: Pundit issues 'massive' verdict as Martinez hire mooted

By Noel Whelan

18th Jan, 2022 | 8:42am

Whelan can't believe Everton could reappoint Martinez after Guardian update

Noel Whelan has urged Everton to steer clear of reappointing Roberto Martinez.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted bringing the 48-year-old back to Goodison Park would be a “massive risk”.

According to the Guardian (17 January), the Belgian FA have rejected a “job share” proposal from Everton that would have seen Martinez split his time between the Toffees and Belgium jobs.

The report claims the Spaniard is keen on returning to Merseyside but wishes to remain in charge of the Red Devils until after this year’s World Cup.

Whelan insisted Everton need a “completely new slate” after Martinez’s first Toffees spell ended in an acrimonious departure.

He told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury: “It’s unbelievable, isn’t it?

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“Some people will be saying yes, some people will be thinking: ‘Absolutely not.’

“Sometimes it’s really difficult to accept a manager coming back who has been at the club before and been sacked.

“I think they just need a completely new slate. A new manager coming in with fresh ideas.

“Yes, he’s a high-profile manager. But he’s been out of the domestic game a while, managing in the Belgium setup.

“He’s had the best players, the number one ranked team – and he’s still not pulled up any trees.

“I think it’s a massive risk, even if I admire him for what he’s done in his career. The Everton fans will want something different.”

Everton confirmed Rafa Benitez had been relieved of his duties on Sunday (16 January) after a run of just one win in the last 12 Premier League games.

Martinez’s Toffees reign ended in a similar fashion in 2016 after he won just one of his last 10 matches in charge.

In other news, there is a significant update on Everton potentially appointing Rooney.