Everton manager Roberto Martinez could return to Spain this summer if Atletico Madrid lose their current head coach Diego Simeone, FootballDirectNews.com understands.
The Toffees boss has earned much admiration for his work with Everton this season, having also previously impressed during his time with Swansea City and Wigan Athletic, and could be tempted to take up a big job in his native Spain.
The 40-year-old started his playing career with Real Zaragoza, but has since made a name for himself in England, though it is now thought that he is high on Atletico’s list of potential replacements for Simeone.
The Argentine has worked wonders with the Madrid outfit, and his fine work is now seeing him linked with big jobs at Barcelona and Manchester United, whose current managers Gerardo Martino and David Moyes face a certain amount of pressure over their futures. It would be some blow for Everton to lose Martinez after just one season, especially as previous manager Moyes spent eleven years at Goodison Park before taking up the position to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford this season.
Martinez is a very promising young manager and his work has not gone unnoticed around Europe, a Spanish football insider explained. “My understanding is that Atletico would rank him highly among their candidates to replace Simeone.