Everton have moved quickly to secure the long-term future of manager Roberto Martinez after he put pen-to-paper on a new five-year deal at the club.
The Spaniard only joined Everton 12 months ago when he left Wigan to replace Manchester United-bound David Moyes at Goodison Park, but such is the impact he made in his first season, the Merseyside club have tied him to a new deal.
Martinez guided Everton to fifth place as they just missed out on a place in the Champions League and his efforts have now been rewarded by chairman Bill Kenwright and the rest of the board.
The 40-year-old is also delighted to have secured his future until the end of the 2018/19 season and cannot wait for the new campaign to begin.
“I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to make a further commitment to Everton. 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.”
Whether Everton can push higher and into the Champions League places remains to be seen and the competition will be fierce.
However, with Martinez on board they have a chance and they could also be in with a shout of winning either the FA Cup or Capital One Cup.