Everton Football Club is today delighted to confirm the appointment of Roberto Martinez as its next manager.
The 39-year-old Spaniard joins from Wigan Athletic and has signed a four-year contract at Goodison Park.
Mr. Martinez will be officially unveiled as the Club’s 14th permanent manager at a media conference on Wednesday afternoon.
BBC Sport's Richard Conway provided us with a picture of Martinez arriving at Goodison Park, courtesy of his Twitter feed.
Roberto Martinez arrives at Goodison Park as Everton's new manager, stops to sign shirts + poses for pics with fans pic.twitter.com/I9jReplO3d— Richard Conway (@richard_conway) June 5, 2013
BBC Sport has the latest from the Martinez press conference:
Roberto Martinez press conference: "It's a really special day to come to Everton. I have this feeling of excitement and honour." #efc— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) June 5, 2013
Roberto Martinez: "It has been a phenomenal time at Wigan. After 4 seasons, it was the right time. A new man needs to take that job on" #efc— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) June 5, 2013
He replaces David Moyes at Goodison Park, who is heading to Manchester United to take over for Sir Alex Ferguson. Moyes also leaves behind some pretty big shoes to fill at Everton. He frequently was able to accomplish more with less, and Martinez is expected to continue that trend.
Everton haven't been able to spend at the same rate as the Premier League's top clubs. Yet the Toffees remained competitive throughout Moyes' tenure, frequently fighting for berths in European competitions.
This past season was no different. Everton finished sixth, one spot shy of earning a spot in the Europa League. They were tied for the league lead in draws. Turn a handful of those into victories and they pass Tottenham, but the ball didn't bounce their way.
The task for Martinez during his first summer with the club will be finding players who can turn those one-point matches into three points. He will also need to prove he can find success at a higher level than he did at Wigan; his record with the Latics was less than stellar, per BBC Sport.
A lack of finishing ability was the club's biggest problem. Everton finished with 11 fewer goals than any club in the top five. Nikica Jelavic, who scored nine goals in 13 league appearances last season, provided just seven in his first full campaign with the Toffees.
What do you think of the hire by Everton?
The tricky part is doing it with a limited budget. Martinez doesn't have the luxury of revamping the entire squad through a huge spending spree. He must identify and sign under-the-radar targets capable of making the club more competitive.
He has stalwart members of the roster to build around, with veterans Phil Jagielka and Tim Howard being two of those building blocks.
Moyes left him a solid base. Now it's time for Martinez to start molding the squad to fit his vision for the future. It won't be an easy task, especially considering what his predecessor accomplished, but it's the opportunity he was seeking.
The 39-year-old boss arrives at Goodison Park with an unsettled résumé.
After a successful stay with Swansea City to begin his managerial career, he moved to Wigan. In what turned out to be his final season, he led the club to its first FA Cup title with a stunning upset of Manchester City, but also watched the Latics get relegated.
The Everton job will serve as a proving ground. Martinez gets to take over a side with a strong foundation and show how far he can lead it. Maintaining the standard set by Moyes will be the baseline for success.
Martinez and Everton hope to accomplish even more.