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There is plenty of Everton coverage in Wednesday’s newspapers focusing on a range of topics relating to the football club.
Following yesterday’s announcement that Roberto Martinez is to leave Wigan Athletic, The Times reports that Everton will meet with the Spaniard over the next 48 hours to discuss the possibility of him becoming the next Everton manager.
The Daily Mirror runs with a similar story but also states that should the 39-year-old get the Goodison Park hot-seat he would seek to bring Antolin Alcaraz, Callum McManaman, Arouna Kone, Shaun Maloney and James McCarthy with him to Goodison Park, as well as coaches Graeme Jones and Kevin Reeves.
The Daily Star also reports that Martinez is set to become the new Blues boss, basing their article on the claim that Everton will need to pay Wigan £2million to acquire his services.
The Daily Mail suggests that Manchester United first-team coach Rene Meulensteen is a potential successor to Martinez at Wigan after the Dutchman rejected the offer to become David Moyes’ number two at Old Trafford. The same article also mentions that Moyes is set to replace assistant manager Mike Phelan and goalkeeper coach Eric Steele with Jimmy Lumsden and Chris Woods from Everton, and may take his former assistant Steve Round from Goodison Park as well.
The Daily Mail also features an article about the new Everton crest and yesterday’s announcement from the Club that the badge will be redesigned again ahead of the 2014/15 season. This story is also mentioned in the Liverpool Echo.
January transfer target Leroy Fer would still consider a move to Everton, also according to the Echo. The midfielder is quoted as saying: “During the second half of the season, they have always kept in touch with my agent. I’m still always open for a transfer to Everton.”
Virtually all the national newspapers predict that Phil Jagielka will start for England this evening against Republic of Ireland but there are differing opinions on who he will be picked alongside, with Gary Cahill, Joleon Lescott and Phil Jones all options.