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Martinez pens two-year contract extension

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Manager rewarded with contract until 2019

Everton have announced that Roberto Martinez has signed a new contract with the club that would keep him at Goodison Park until 2019.

The Catalan led the Blues back into Europe with a fifth-place finish in the Premier League in his first season charge and he has been rewarded with a two-year extension to his existing deal just 12 months after arriving from Wigan Athletic.

“I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to make a further commitment to Everton," Martinez said in a statement on "I loved my first season at the Club. I could not be more proud of the way Everton performed throughout the entire season and the memories we were able to make together.

“I am really excited about next season. I knew from the moment I arrived at Everton that this was a special place and I'd like to thank everyone associated with the Club, the board, all the staff, the players and our brilliant supporters for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to build on the traditions and success of this great Club.”

I knew from the moment I arrived at Everton that this was a special place and I'd like to thank everyone associated with the Club.

Roberto Martinez

Chairman Bill Kenwright hailed the news, recognizing the impressive nature of Martinez's debut season in charge.

“In many commentators' eyes, Roberto Martinez is the best young manager in Europe," Kenwright said. "We agree. He took on an unfamiliar challenge for most managers; to take something really good and make it even better.

"When we find our man, we empower him. We support and provide him with everything at our disposal. We commit to our managers, and we're immensely pleased that Roberto has committed to us. We want the best because only the best will do.

“Unswervingly, we trust Roberto Martinez to take our Club forward. To use one of his favourite words we are ‘excited' about our future. We have Roberto at the helm. Sólo lo mejor!”

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Gerry Quinn
1 Posted 12/06/2014 at 22:04:05
Fantastic news - good start to the season already!
Helen Mallon
2 Posted 12/06/2014 at 22:04:27
I love it. Top man, Bobby.
Iain Thomson
3 Posted 12/06/2014 at 22:04:32
Already... Bonkers, but positive, I suppose.
John Audsley
4 Posted 12/06/2014 at 22:06:44
Great and positive news

I guess that if a Barcelona/Real Madrid did come in for him we would get more compensation as well

It works for everyone

Sean Kelly
5 Posted 12/06/2014 at 22:08:15
If he’s given half the time the dour one got just imagine where he can take us. I’m delighted for Roberto and even though it won’t stop others from poaching him we should get a good spell out of him. I don’t often say this but well done billy now give him the funds to take us forward.
Dan McKie
6 Posted 12/06/2014 at 22:13:32
Not sure about this. Not about whether he deserves it or not, but like McCarthy, why 1 year into a 5 year deal? I just get the awful feeling that we will be hearing more about these contract extensions when we are asking the question ’where’s the Fellaini money’ etc. etc. Lets start bolstering our tiny squad first eh?
Phil Sammon
8 Posted 12/06/2014 at 22:14:43
Superb news. I wonder if this has come as a result of an approach from another club. Anyway, I’m made up. My audible reaction was "Fucking get in"
Peter Mills
9 Posted 12/06/2014 at 22:16:07
Dan #6, it’s just a case of taking a look at the assets you think will appreciate in value and securing them for a longer period. We all know a contract doesn’t prevent them from moving, but a longer contract should increase the chance of retaining them or getting decent recompense if they go.
Tom R Owen
10 Posted 12/06/2014 at 22:25:37
Great news!
Mike Gaynes
11 Posted 12/06/2014 at 22:35:33
Ian Price
12 Posted 12/06/2014 at 22:34:27
Excellent news, just proves he is fully committed to the task in hand, just hope blue bill follows this up by dipping in the coffers.
Dan McKie
13 Posted 12/06/2014 at 22:37:23
I understand that, Peter, but right now I’d be happier to see Everton spend money on bringing in much need players, not blowing the budget on people with 4 years left on current deals.
Paul Ellam
14 Posted 12/06/2014 at 22:48:35
Happy with that news. Now where are those strikers we need?!!
Billy Colman
15 Posted 12/06/2014 at 22:50:04
When Moyes left we got no pay off because he was out of contract. Roberto is the real deal.

When Barca come knocking at least we will get something in compo. I don’t expect him to leave soon but at least we’re covered....

Viva Roberto IMWT

Gerry Quinn
17 Posted 12/06/2014 at 22:59:59
Dan, maybe Roberto feels as though he could put his boots on again and play next to Osman :)
Jamie Crowley
18 Posted 12/06/2014 at 23:01:34
Excellent news.
Jamie Southern
19 Posted 12/06/2014 at 23:01:29
Excellent news! He joined on a 4 year deal, so 3 years left. Extending by 2 years makes sense to me. Sends out positive messages to current and potential future players. As well as ensuring we get more compensation from Barca when they come in for him!
Jackie Barry
20 Posted 12/06/2014 at 23:02:30
I think this is great, he is going to build something special, the player will want to come and play for Martinez.
Phil Sammon
21 Posted 12/06/2014 at 23:03:50
You also have to feel that Roberto signed this contract having been assured a certain amount of money to spend this window.
Brian Murray
22 Posted 12/06/2014 at 23:04:24
Signing messi on a free transfer would not better this
Peter Mills
23 Posted 12/06/2014 at 22:59:24
Dan, but if those employees are on relatively low salaries (I know, I know) then they are more likely to be enticed elsewhere. All things considered, if there is confidence in the manager, this has to be a good move. Like you, I want to see signings, but suspect it may not be for a few weeks yet.
James Stewart
24 Posted 12/06/2014 at 23:12:33
Good news... although a contract is meaningless if Barça come calling.

Mike Childs
25 Posted 12/06/2014 at 22:58:53
While I’m ecstatic that Roberto is committed to staying with us for the foreseeable future I’ll believe it when Billy boy opens up the purse and really backs him up where it counts not just with words, I’m a relatively new fan here but I’m I getting the feeling that Billy says the right things but doesn’t do the right things especially where money is concerned.
Patrick Murphy
26 Posted 12/06/2014 at 23:11:38
It’s probably a decision born out of the knowledge that many top clubs will be sniffing around our Roberto and the more he appears in the media and gives off his positivity the more they will be looking to steal him away. Roberto didn’t have to agree to the deal, Everton didn’t have to offer him one either but in this case I think it is a sensible solution to prevent him from going too soon. The other thing is Bobby is the type that will fulfill his contract and that is a very good sign.
Raymond Fox
27 Posted 12/06/2014 at 23:11:52
Brilliant, because Roberto would not be short of offers this summer, and if I’m any judge at all he could have named his price.

I don’t think he would have left anyway, but that’s not the point.
Our beloved BK does know quality when he see’s it, with some luck and a little finance the ’big boys’ will be wetting their pants!

Iain Johnston
28 Posted 12/06/2014 at 23:16:24
Dan, he had two years left on a three year contract... Do we want the same saga as OFM...?

He can’t exactly ask a transfer target to sign a five year contract if he himself doesn’t have one, the player may think he’s not committed...

Colin Glassar
29 Posted 12/06/2014 at 23:17:27
Mike Childs, welcome to our world. This is very good, if unexpected, news. Slightly soiled by Billy’s sickly sweet words of gushing cynicism. Where’s the money billy boy?
Stewart Rowlands
31 Posted 12/06/2014 at 23:12:40
Brilliant news! I’m a bit of a wide-eyed optimist but this is the most important signing of the window for me. More than anything it confirms the commitment of Martinez to the club as he strikes me as being wenger-like in not signing any contract he doesn’t believe he’ll fulfill.

As an aside I’ve actually enjoyed this transfer window as I haven’t given it a second thought as I have full confidence in bobby to do the business and for the first time in years I’m not worried about one or two of our big players going elsewhere. I must though admit to a bit of squeeky bum time last year! Great times to be a blue and long may they continue.

Si Cooper
32 Posted 12/06/2014 at 23:19:46
Manager’s signing contract extensions has never excited me before.... and never will.

Good business if it bumps up the compensation due if someone comes in for him before we want to let him go, but potentially meaningless if he cannot get some weighty business done in this transfer window.

Patrick Murphy
33 Posted 12/06/2014 at 23:22:54
Come on Billy Boy find somebody with real money to support your Manager :-

"And, when we find our man, we empower him. We support and provide him with everything at our disposal. We commit to our managers, and we’re immensely pleased that Roberto has committed to us. We want the best because only the best will do."

Because the amount of money that Roberto and Moyes’ have had in the last twelve years is embarrassing for a club with our heritage and tradition.

Carl Sanderson
34 Posted 12/06/2014 at 23:46:11
I hope that we soon hear similar news regarding a certain 20-year-old .
Lewis Barclay
35 Posted 13/06/2014 at 00:01:14
I doubt Bobby would be signing anything like this unless he believes he’s going to be getting the players he wants, so I think this is really positive news.
Jeremy Denton
36 Posted 13/06/2014 at 00:00:28
Well.....I think its just fantastic that he has signed an extended contract! While I am a newcomer to ToffeeWeb and Everton (3 years) overall I have never felt better about the manager and his positive outlook, and style of play.

So much better than hoofing it up and down the pitch, and we "did good enough for who we are". Cheers! From Indiana.

John Raftery
37 Posted 13/06/2014 at 00:14:26
Just to be clear, Roberto signed a 4-year deal in June 2013. So this new contract gives him an additional two years presumably on a higher salary. This is great news. He is with us for the long haul.
Richard Reeves
38 Posted 13/06/2014 at 00:44:31
Great news.
Paul Ferry
39 Posted 13/06/2014 at 01:33:26
Sheedy be praised, I’m so happy, this is the best possible start to post-season, the most important signing of the window, I want to spread happiness everywhere.
Dennis Stevens
40 Posted 13/06/2014 at 01:40:15
I’d have offered him as long as he was willing to sign for, even if it was ten years!
Paul Ferry
41 Posted 13/06/2014 at 01:46:03
Erm and yep the Corrie Street producer chips in with:

"And, when we find our man, we empower him. We support and provide him with everything at our disposal. We commit to our managers, and we’re immensely pleased that Roberto has committed to us. We want the best because only the best will do.’

OK, well let’s see ...

Gary Edwards
42 Posted 13/06/2014 at 04:20:51
Spare us (and Bobby) your usual swarmy rhetoric Bill, do something honest and positive for a change and back Bobby with real money.
Eric Myles
43 Posted 13/06/2014 at 04:42:35
Time for BK to put his money where his mouth is.

But of course he’s using weasel words like ’everything at our disposal’ which means the money from players we dispose of.

Darryl Ritchie
44 Posted 13/06/2014 at 05:47:40
In the ranks of top flight managers, Roberto is a rising star. His first season at the helm was very good. The positivity! The patient attack coupled with a stingy back line, bodes well for the future. Willing to have a go at anybody.

The good news is not that we have his contract extended, but that RM was willing to extend it. The fella has a vision and 5 years should be enough to make it happen.....if he gets the proper backing.

Paul Andrews
45 Posted 13/06/2014 at 06:58:10
Well said, Darryl. The positivity he shows is tremendous.

The previous regime had instilled a "know your place " mentality into Evertonians. Not this lad.

Colin Glassar
46 Posted 13/06/2014 at 08:11:15
Ginger was always like Mr Hudson in 'Upstairs and Downstairs' e.g. Know your place, respect your betters, be seen not heard etc....... Roberto wants us not only at the table but dancing on it as well.
Tony Draper
47 Posted 13/06/2014 at 08:21:50
Good decision and great news.

Based upon 12 months I could happily watch Roberto's Everton for the next 25 years. I feel that the engraver will be needed well before he has been with us for 11 years.

But Billy "When we find our man, we empower him. We support and provide him with everything at our disposal."

Now THAT would be a proper commitment from you and your loaded cronies.

But you slipped up there Billy Boy, 'cos what you really meant was "Fuck All".

Sam Hoare
48 Posted 13/06/2014 at 08:41:26
Good stuff, though not sure it changes that much if Barça or Co come calling. A few mill more in compensation, I guess.
Drew Shortis
49 Posted 13/06/2014 at 08:37:05
I believe Roberto is sincere when he talks about his long term vision for Everton. He might not have piles of cash to spend but he has the full confidence of his chairman who allows him full control over the football side of the club. He also knows that he won't get the boot it we have a dodgy patch.

Imagine him trying to build his long term project at a club like Tottenham! Pochettino is flavour of the month right now, but if they fail to secure Champions League next season it won't be long before Levy is looking around for the next new hope. Martinez has selected Everton as much as Everton has selected him!

Pablo Connelly
50 Posted 13/06/2014 at 08:44:54
Great news.

Just goes to reduce the already non-existent credibility of the English press considering someone invented a non-existent link to Spurs a few weeks back, at a time when this deal was likely agreed in principle.

Steve Barnes
51 Posted 13/06/2014 at 09:10:30
Actually really good positive news... and so early in the 'Transfer' window!

As others have said, I hope we get a decent striker in really soon as well.

Simon Jones
52 Posted 13/06/2014 at 10:04:29
@Brian Murray 22, yeah, but we'd sell the season tickets out!
Eugene Kearney
53 Posted 13/06/2014 at 11:25:00
Good stuff !
Kevin Tully
54 Posted 13/06/2014 at 11:39:22
I've just listened to Bill talking about Ross Barkley on SSN.

It's quite incredible the way he can look longingly at a corner in the room and just go off on one. Pure theatre from one the greatest buffers ever seen in world football. Him & Blatter are from the same mould alright.


Steve Woods
55 Posted 13/06/2014 at 11:49:31
Great news.
Brad Ayrton
56 Posted 13/06/2014 at 12:10:51
The best news. He is the only man to take us forward, if the board gives him the funds he needs.
James Martin
57 Posted 13/06/2014 at 12:12:26
Fantastic news, this gives us the solidity to really move forward now. Hopefully some signings will follow on the back of this and players will think twice about leaving now that Roberto has turned down other offers.
Tony J Williams
58 Posted 13/06/2014 at 12:08:56
Good news but wouldn't go over the top with the, "He is in for the long haul" post.

First sniff of the Barca job and he'll be doing a Johhny Heitinga on his peddle bike....who wouldn't?

Compensation for the manager is but a pittance compared to players transfers fees.

Just hope this isn't Billy Bullshits way of saying the transfer kitty is now used up.

Peter Bell
59 Posted 13/06/2014 at 12:28:09
Tony, RM is a young manager, 10 years at Everton and he can still take the Barcelona job.
If he takes our club back to where we used to be in that time, he will leave with as a legend amongst all legends
Paul Mackie
60 Posted 13/06/2014 at 12:40:53
Great to see an Everton manager who obviously wants to be here. I'd forgotten what that was like!
Tony J Williams
61 Posted 13/06/2014 at 12:42:33
Sounds good Peter, unless Billy Bullshitter continues with his minus net spend routine and we start slipping down the table again.

You can't expect the man to work miracles, he needs proper backing from the board to get in Lukaku or A N Other to make sure we don't become toothless upfront like the previous two years.

Kevin Tully
63 Posted 13/06/2014 at 13:07:57

Tom R Owen
64 Posted 13/06/2014 at 13:09:45
Why can't that twat Bullshit Bill keep his gob shut ! We will look complete idiots when both deals he has spoken about come to nothing!

At least Gueye is now off the pay roll!

Roger Helm
65 Posted 13/06/2014 at 13:36:59
Of course RM is as ambitious as anyone else in the game but I think he would need some more solid acheivement before Barca come calling. Still, it puts the club in a better position for that day, and in the meantime increases his authority inside the club. I can't help thinking player power undermines managers (or Directors of Football or whatever they are called) at other clubs but that shouldn't be a problem with us.
Dave Brierley
66 Posted 13/06/2014 at 14:12:59
It never ceases to amaze me how a really positive move by the club can be translated by so many correspondents on this site as an attack on BK. Who the fuck would want to own EFC with the barrage of abuse consistently written by the ultra negative keyboard experts who appear to think any success is 'in spite of' rather than 'because of.' God help us.
Patrick Murphy
67 Posted 13/06/2014 at 14:21:27
But Dave (#67), the evidence supports the view that Everton FC on the playing side have had success despite the board and not because of the board as exemplified by our current and previous manager a bad manager in the last 12 years and we would have been back to square one pretty damn quick. There are very few teams if any apart from Everton it seems, who could hold a top eight place for so many seasons on a negative net spend.

Dan McKie
69 Posted 13/06/2014 at 14:36:48
Dave Brierley, as opposed to the ultra positive keyboard experts who seem to think that Martinez wouldn't have taken a double-your-money pay rise, unless he had assurances of transfer budgets etc.?
Kevin Tully
70 Posted 13/06/2014 at 14:48:58
Dave #67 - I promise you it wasn't abuse.

Me and our kid (Poor grammar - sorry) have just been rolling around the floor with tears in our eyes watching that.

Bill passed the point of abuse years ago, he is now at the stage of hysterical laughter every time he pipes up with more sentimental nonsense in a world of big business.

How can anybody take this man seriously? He cried when Fergie said he was signing Rooney and put his mum on the phone!

He could quite easily be a comic creation off The Fast Show.

Tom R Owen
72 Posted 13/06/2014 at 16:44:59
Dave #67
You obviously don't remember all the lies and luvvie statements we have had to hear from Kenwright.
Let us all hope his transfer negotiations are not like his search for new owners!
I still say don't blab to the press till a player signs on the dotted line
Tony J Williams
73 Posted 13/06/2014 at 17:17:42
Cue Monty Python sketch.

Dave, what has he even done for Everton?

(I however don't expect the comical long John Cleese speech here, because his pluses are somewhat lacking!)

Jay Harris
74 Posted 13/06/2014 at 17:20:48
while I compliment Kenwright on bringing 2 good managers to the club I cant forgive him for turning a club with large assets into a debt ridden organization and a haven for his carpetbagging friends and all at a time when the premiership is awash with record levels of income.

His classic statement of "How do I know where the 20 million plus unexplained operating expenses (up from 1 million when he took over!!) go I am only the chairman" makes me despair every time I think of him as our chairman.

Dominic Tonge
75 Posted 13/06/2014 at 17:40:03
Well, It's a good sign, and I hope is a signal that as has been suggested previously. Martinez knows how much money there is (or isn't) and that certain targets in the transfer market will be pursued. I will say though that I think signing Messi on a free would in every way I can think of, be better than this. It just would. I like Bobby, I like the new style of football. I like that we dictate possession, but Messi..... Christ on a bike......on a free........not better than this? I think it would take down its replica shorts and squitter all over this.
Gavin Ramejkis
76 Posted 13/06/2014 at 17:38:31
Dave B there simply aren't enough hands in the world to facepalm the response that post deserves
Jamie Barlow
77 Posted 13/06/2014 at 17:55:10
Tom R Owen, what two deals are you talking about Bill blabbing about?
Eugene Ruane
78 Posted 13/06/2014 at 18:09:58
Dave Brierley (66) - "Who the fuck would want to own EFC with the barrage of abuse consistently written by the ultra negative keyboard experts"

Bill fucking Kenwright that's who.

As for 'ultra negative' a perfectly normal human response to someone who constantly lies and acts like a luvvie twat.

Tom R Owen
80 Posted 13/06/2014 at 18:51:03
Jamie 77
Read sky sports online or their sports channel news
Re Barry and Lukaku
That's what I'm talking about
Tony Draper
81 Posted 13/06/2014 at 20:11:29
Kenwright is NOT my out and out ideal Chairman, but FFS he’s lightyears better than Daniel Levy.

At least Bill can pick a manager and stick by him.
Though in all honesty I do wonder if his loyalty is lead more by money than. conviction (and I strongly suspect that I already know the answer).

But please forever save us from a Chairman like Levy. OK so he can make sure that the dosh is available, but FFS what a confused, contradictory, control freak.

Boys Pen Billy definately has a fair compendium of faults. *shudder*
But he’s "the least shit" Chairman in the EPL. (That’s a really shyte pat on the back).

Mick Quirke
82 Posted 13/06/2014 at 23:13:41
Have to give Kenwright credit for choosing Martinez, end of.
Dave Brierley
84 Posted 14/06/2014 at 12:58:01
Eugene (78) "Who the fuck would want to own EFC with the barrage of abuse consistently written by the ultra negative keyboard experts?" — Bill fucking Kenwright that's who.

"As for 'ultra negative' a perfectly normal human response to someone who constantly lies and acts like a luvvie twat."


(By the way, I meant other than Bill Kenwright).

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