Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Martinez putting staff together

Roberto Martinez begins work as Everton manager next week

New Everton manager Roberto Martinez begins work next week and is likely to have his backroom staff finalised quickly.

The players return to pre-season training on Wednesday and while the most pressing issue is the future of Leighton Baines, for whom Manchester United had a £12million bid rejected on Thursday, the Spaniard also needs to get his coaching staff in place.

Assistant manager Steve Round, coach Jimmy Lumsden and goalkeeping coach Chris Woods have all been linked with a reunion with former Toffees boss David Moyes at Old Trafford and Martinez wants to assemble his own staff. They are likely to include Graeme Jones, his assistant at both Wigan and Swansea.

"For Roberto to bring in his team is absolutely what he wants to do and we want to support him on it," chief executive Robert Elstone told evertontv.

"We are working hard to do that and I'm hoping in the near future that Roberto will have his team.

"He is also integrating into a very strong, solid team that already exists here.

"There is a real spirit at Finch Farm and lot of experience. I know he will want to retain that Everton spirit but yes, he does want his own support team around him.

"We are working to make that happen and I'm sure we will succeed on that in the very near future."

In relation to the likely departures, Elstone added: "Whoever ultimately moves on to new pastures goes with our best wishes and our thanks for all their contribution they have made to Everton Football Club."

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