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With Martinez not wanted by the fans, which manager should Everton turn to?

Thursday 5th May 2016
The air around Goodison Park at the minute is unpleasant, to say the least. With the club looking set to finish in the bottom-half of the table, well below all expectations, the majority of the blue-half of Merseyside are pointing the finger at one man, Roberto Martinez.
The feeling from the fans toward their manager has indeed gone sour this season, with the hopes that The Toffees could battle for European places heading into the campaign Martinez and his men have truly failed to deliver and now a large section of the supporters feel his time is up. Things have undoubtedly changed  drastically for the Spaniard during his time at the club, after a successful first year in 2013/14 the Everton fans felt they'd found the perfect man for the job. The club finished 5th and were close to a champions league place after a strong season. However, two years later the club find themselves 12th in the table with just three games remaining.

The negativity at each of Everton's games has become plain for all to see and Martinez seems to have very few followers left after such a disappointing campaign. Banners have begun to reveal themselves across the ground calling for a change, something so very rarely associated with Everton. The lack of support is not just down to league position but also the teams performances. With only 10 wins all season the supporters are well within their rights to demand better from a team who seemed to be on the rise. His cause was naturally dented when Everton fell to a late defeat against Manchester United in the FA Cup Semi-Final, which some felt the chance of winning the trophy was the only thing keeping him in a job.

With the fans calling for change, rumours have begun of the club taking action and replacing Martinez come the end of the season. So just who is being touted for the job? Lets weigh up the most talked about candidates and see what they could bring to the dugout at Goodison Park.

Manuel Pellegrini

As everyone is well aware, Manuel Pellegrini will be out of job this summer. Set to be replaced by Pep Guardiola at Manchester City. The 62-year-old Chilean will be looking for a new job for next season. According to the managerial website The Sackrace, Everton are the favourites for his next managerial post and it wouldn't be out of the question to see him remain in the Premier League and move to Goodison. With three trophies in three seasons at the Etihad, he is no doubt a proven winner in England, and his record in Spain with the likes of Villarreal, Malaga and even his trophyless single season with Real Madrid leave for good reading statistically. Whether or not he's what Everton require at the minute is a different question. Many feel energy and exuberance is needed to help Everton recapture their spark, which Pellegrini is certainly not best known for. The man is methodical and often keeps his emotions in check whilst in the public eye. Everton would have a fine appointment that is no doubt, but someone who can inject a little more urgency into their game may be much better suited.

David Moyes

Now many Everton fans will be thinking, "Surely not?" When they've seen their former manager linked with a return to Merseyside, however whether they would approve or not his name is in the running to take back the Goodison hot-seat. This would be a peculiar choice to say the least. Moyes, of course, left for the bigger picture at Old Trafford in 2013 but Everton fans were beginning to feel a fresh face was needed at the time of his departure. Just three years on and the Scotsman is being linked with the job again after his spell at Manchester United ended in disaster and a stint in Spain didn't work as planned. Everton know exactly what they would be getting from Moyes, experience in the premier league and an eye for the win with minimal fuss. Perhaps with his point to prove after his humiliating time in Manchester Moyes would find new life back at his former club, not that his appointment would be overly welcomed by the supporters no doubt.

Mark Hughes

Mark Hughes has turned his managerial fortunes around this season with Stoke. After a string of unsuccessful spells at Manchester City, Fulham and QPR, he returned to the Premier league at the Britannia Stadium with a lot to prove. And you'd be very cruel to say he hasn't. The Potters have played some spectacular football and despite a slump late on in the campaign, they have impressed many, with Hughes taking a lot of plaudits. His successes have seen him linked to what could well be the vacant managers role at Everton and it would probably be the most interesting appointment of all. When given the right backing and support he has delivered for his club, the one question that looms would, of course, be whether he could deliver when the expectations are so high. Everton seeks that battle for the top four and while Hughes would most likely be hungry to take up the challenge, his capabilities of delivering that would be in question should he take the helm.

Joachim Low

The most star-studded name in the list, Joachim Low has been touted as a potential suitor to take the reins at Everton. Without any doubt, this name is the one that would get Everton fans excited the most. Joachim Low has been Germany manager since 2006 and has been the man at the head of their now golden generation. With a winners medal from 2014 to boot, Low is reportedly looking for a change after the Euros this summer and Everton is one name reportedly looking to recruit him. Low, named FIFA World coach of the year in 2014, would be an incredible coup should Everton secure his signature despite not managing at club level for over ten years. The names he could attract and the winning mentality he would bring to the club would surely give them the boost they need to climb the table should he be the man.

Martin O'Neill

A late entrant to say the least, so late that it is only today that his name has been brought up. He has emerged as one of the bookies favourites over the past 24 hours and therefore cannot be ignored as a candidate to replace Martinez. O'Neill is currently set to take The Republic of Ireland to Euro 2016 this summer after succeeding to qualify through the play-offs. This appointment would rank as a very odd one, mainly due to the belief that his prime in Premier League management ended after he left Aston villa in 2010. It was, of course, a very successful time with the Villains, but his name in terms of Premier league jobs in the 6 years afterwards has dwindled down the pecking order. You'd struggle to find an Evertonian that would see this as the move forward so many of them seem to want.

Just what Everton do with Martinez is still up for debate as it stands, with no concrete word on whether they will listen to the fans and relief him of his duty or stick by the man they originally put their trust in. It will certainly be an interesting summer on the blue half of Merseyside with many eager to see who could be in the dugout come the start of next season.
Ryan Stewart

23 years old, Sport Journalism graduate living in Salford. Work in web content in Media city and always looking to break in to sports writing. Manchester United season ticket holder.

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