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STUNNER! Martinez and RBFA in Everton talks about return

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez is on the agenda of former club Everton after their dismissal of Rafa Benitez.

The Daily Mail says Everton are now on the cusp of a relegation battle but they are pursuing the option of bringing back Martinez. The Belgium head coach has a £2million release clause in his contract, which expires at the end of this year after the World Cup.

It would be a dramatic move as Martinez was the first of five managers Moshiri sacked in May 2016 and news of the potential deal was greeted with anger by fans, who are seething about the situation the club is in.

It was initially proposed that Martinez took the job on an interim basis — Belgium only have one friendly against Slovenia in March — but he is eager for a permanent role. The Belgian FA, who are in talks with Everton, want to keep him.

Martinez, it is understood, will not resign without a deal being agreed with Belgium.

During his previous stint as Everton boss, he led the club to a record Premier League points total in 2014, as well as the semi-finals of the League Cup and FA Cup in 2016.


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