Everton tie down ‘Europe’s best young manager’ Martinez to new deal

Roberto Martinez signs a new five-year deal with Everton after leading Toffees to record Premier League points tally

Everton manager Roberto Martinez Photo: Everton FC

Bill Kenwright hailed Roberto Martinez as Europe’s best young manager after the Spaniard signed a new five-year deal on Thursday.

The Toffees manager had been linked with Barcelona and Manchester United at the end of the season after guiding the Merseyside club to a sixth-place finish.

am really excited about next season. I knew from the moment I arrived at Everton that this was a special place

Roberto Martinez

And Martinez, who replaced David Moyes last summer, expressed his delight at committing his long-term future to Everton ahead of the 2014/15 campaign.

“I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to make a further commitment to Everton,” Martinez told Everton’s website.

“I loved my first season at the club. I could not be more proud of the way Everton performed throughout the entire season and the memories we were able to make together.”

He added: “I am really excited about next season. I knew from the moment I arrived at Everton that this was a special place.”

Meanwhile, Everton owner Kenwright lavished praise on Martinez after the former Wigan Athletic manager accumulated the club’s best-ever Premier League points haul of 72.

He undertakes his business with great style, confidence, positivity and class. He is an Everton man

Bill Kenwright

“In many commentators’ eyes, Roberto Martinez is the best young manager in Europe. We agree. He took on an unfamiliar challenge for most managers; to take something really good and make it even better,” added Kenwright.

“He has succeeded. In his debut season he broke our Premier League record points haul, got us back into Europe and developed some of the most exciting young footballers in the game.

“He conducts himself off the pitch in the same way. He undertakes his business with great style, confidence, positivity and class. He is an Everton man.

Kenwright continued: “There is no magical ingredient to what we do at Everton. We’re a football club and we recognise the fundamental importance of our manager.

“And, when we find our man, we empower him. We support and provide him with everything at our disposal. We commit to our managers, and we’re immensely pleased that Roberto has committed to us. We want the best because only the best will do.

“Unswervingly, we trust Roberto Martinez to take our club forward. To use one of his favourite words we are ‘excited’ about our future. We have Roberto at the helm. Sólo lo mejor!”

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