Journalist Dean Jones has claimed that Everton fans would be happy to see Roberto Martinez return as manager if Frank Lampard is dismissed.
The Spaniard recently left his role as Belgium manager after a disappointing World Cup group stage exit, and with Lampard under increasing pressure, his availability may appeal to Farhad Moshiri if he is to make a mid-season change.
Martinez managed 143 games for Everton between 2013 and 2016, finishing fifth in his first season, but by the end of his reign the football which was once free-flowing had become stale, and he was dismissed.
The 49-year-old was then entrusted with Belgium’s ‘Golden Generation’, but failed to progress past the semi-finals in any of the tournaments he managed.
Speaking to GiveMeSport, Jones claimed that Everton fans would consider taking him back should their current form under Lampard not improve, with the Toffees 17th in the Premier League and just one point above the relegation zone.
“Obviously, with Martinez now being available, it’s something that’s going to be talked about,” Jones stated.
“I think there are Everton fans that would now be open to a return and maybe it’s a path they’ll have to consider if things go badly in January.”
TIF thoughts on Martinez and Everton…
Although he may be a good stop-gap option to stave off relegation if Lampard’s tenure is brought to an end, Everton fans may want to see their club make a more long-term appointment.
Given that his previous stint at Goodison Park ended in disappointment, going back to a manager they fired over six years ago is not the most progressive appointment they could make.
However, if the situation becomes bad enough that the former Chelsea man is relieved of his role, then Martinez would be an option who knows the league and the club well enough to have a quick impact to avoid the drop.
Overall, they may be happy if he comes in and helps them survive relegation, however, he may not remain available for long amid links to a potential role with the Mexican national side.