Everton Names Martinez as Manager on Four-Year Contract

Everton appointed F.A. Cup-winning manager Roberto Martinez to replace David Moyes, who switched to Manchester United.

The 39-year-old joins from Wigan Athletic, which last month became the first team to win the Cup and be relegated from the Premier League in the same season.

“This is a phenomenal and a passionate football club,” Martinez said at a televised news conference after agreeing on a four-year contract. “Today, walking in at Goodison Park, it really feels like a special place for the future for me.”

The Spaniard became Wigan manager in 2009, four years after it was promoted into the top flight.

Wigan Chairman Dave Whelan said this week that he had agreed on a compensation deal with Everton for the release of Martinez, who’d been given permission to speak with the club. Everton will pay 1.5 million pounds ($2.3 million), according to the Daily Mail.

Moyes achieved regular top-half finishes in the 20-team league in his 11 years at Everton. Although he didn’t win any trophies, he didn’t have the financial resources of clubs such as Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United, which are owned by billionaires.

‘Huge Pressure’

Everton hasn’t finished outside the top eight since 2006, coming sixth last season and above Merseyside rival Liverpool for the second straight year. Its last trophy was the F.A. Cup in 1995.

“There is huge pressure but I am extremely proud of that pressure because it means what David Moyes did in 11 years is set high standards and lay an incredible platform,” Martinez said. “I feel lucky to be able to carry on that work.”

Martinez moved to Wigan from Swansea, having represented both clubs in his playing career. The Latics finished no higher than 15th place during his tenure, but were able to avoid relegation in his first three seasons after late-season rallies. They weren’t able to pull another off this year and finished 18th in the 20-team league, three points from safety behind Sunderland.

Relegation was confirmed with a 4-1 defeat at Arsenal, three days after Wigan upset Manchester City 1-0 to win the F.A. Cup, the first major trophy in its 81-year history.

“It has been a phenomenal time at Wigan but after four seasons this was the right time and I knew Everton was the right club,” Martinez said.

Moyes moved to United last month to succeed Alex Ferguson, who retired at age 71 after more than 26 years at Old Trafford, where he helped the Red Devils to a record-extending 20th English league title this year.

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