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Martinez named Everton boss

Roberto Martinez has been named Everton manager after leaving Wigan Athletic where the Spaniard forged a reputation for making the best of limited resources and playing attractive football. Martinez has signed a four-year contract at Goodison Park, Everton said on their website on Wednesday.

He guided Wigan to FA Cup success in May when they upset Manchester City in the final but could not prevent the club being relegated from the Premier League days later. The 39-year-old replaces David Moyes who left Everton in May after 11 years to take over from Alex Ferguson who has retired as manager of Premier League champions Manchester United.

The Spaniard is likely to bring a fresh approach to the Merseyside club who are used to Moyes’s more pragmatic style. Everton finished sixth in the standings last season.Despite habitually being involved in a relegation battle with Wigan, Martinez bucked the trend of struggling coaches by sticking to his principles and playing passing football. 

Under him, Wigan finished 16th twice and in 15th place before slipping to relegation this season. The Spaniard takes charge of an Everton team which recently finished sixth in the Premier League and he will look to continue that.

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