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Martinez named new Everton manager
05 Jun, 2013 7:49 PM GMT
Roberto Martinez has been appointed as the new manager of Everton on a four-year deal.
The Spaniard leaves Wigan Athletic after four years at the club after often drawing praise for his attacking, expansive style of football and he replaces David Moyes at Goodison Park.
Martinez guided Wigan to their first major trophy with a 1-0 win over Manchester City in last month's FA Cup final, but the club were then relegated to the Championship for the first time since 2005 just three days later.
Nevertheless, the 39-year-old has often been touted with a move to one of the Premier League's bigger clubs, and will begin the task of building on Moyes' success.
Everton have been searching for a replacement since it was announced the Scot was to replace the retiring Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.
Moyes spent 11 years at the Merseyside club and, although he never managed to secure a major trophy, drew plaudits for consistently achieving high league finishes on a relatively small budget.
Several names had been linked with the vacant role at Everton - such as Neil Lennon, Ralf Rangwick and Vitor Pereira - but chairman Bill Kenwright has decided Martinez is the ideal candidate to move the club forward.