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Martinez would be foolish to jump Everton ship for Spurs shores

| 06.05.2014

Although Everton narrowly fell short of the promised land of fourth spot in the Premier League, Roberto Martinez’s first season as Toffees boss will rightly be seen as a massive success.

With only a game left to play Everton are assured of fifth spot and a return to the Europa League next season.

Meanwhile, if Everton gain just one more point in their last fixture of the season at Hull, then Martinez will become the first ever Toffees manager to break the 70-point barrier during a Premier League campaign.

As it stands, the former Wigan and Swansea boss has already amassed four more points this season than any of David Moyes’ 10 years at the helm.

Such an outstanding debut season at Goodison Park has understandably seen a steep rise in the Spaniard’s managerial stock, but it would be folly if Martinez abandoned Merseyside for London at this juncture.

If the latest rumours hold any truth then Tottenham have placed Martinez high on their list of potential Tim Sherwood successors.

At 40/1, Martinez is way behind the likes of frontrunners Frank De Boer (8/11) and 3/1-shot Mauricio Pochettino, though Spurs supremo Daniel Levy has a reputation for persistence when he sets his mind on new recruits.

However, for Martinez to leave a club like Everton, whose chairman is known to stick by his managers, to join a club with a poor recent record in that department would be to shoot himself in the foot.

Having fused some new talent with some already present at Goodison, Martinez has begun to mould a very impressive side that play an exciting brand of attacking football.

If Everton can keep hold of the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley then with a year’s more experience under their collective belts, another tilt at the top four is definitely on the cards again next season.

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Christian Crowther

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