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LIVERPOOL --- Roberto Martinez
was hired as Everton manager yes-
terday after quitting relegated Wigan
and immediately piled the pressure
on himself by promising to guide his
new club into the Champions League.
The 39-year-old Spaniard signed
a four-year deal as the replacement
for David Moyes, who is taking over
from Alex Ferguson at Manchester
United. Martinez becomes only Ever-
ton s 14th permanent manager in its
Moyes established Everton as a reg-
ular fixture in the top half of the Pre-
mier League during his 11 years at
Goodison Park, but failed to either
win a trophy or seriously challenge
the top teams in the division.
Martinez believes it can all be dif-
ferent under him.
"Almost his first words to me were,
I ll get you in the Champions League, "
Everton owner Bill Kenwright said,
"and that is extraordinary for a man
who doesn t know much about the
football club from the inside but who
has obviously studied the football club
and looked at what we have been
doing the last few years.
"I m not going to say to you that
it was like David Moyes and he got
me in 30 seconds --- it took him at
least 45 seconds. He understands the
game, he understood Everton, the his-
tory, all the players, what he wanted
know, you know."
Linked heavily with jobs at Liverpool
and Aston Villa in recent seasons, his
stock remained high despite failing to
keep Wigan in the Premier League for
next season. He guided the northwest
team to a first major trophy thanks to
a surprise 1-0 win over Manchester
City in the FA Cup final in May and
insisted on adopting an easy-on-the-
eye style that earned plaudits across
Relegation stained his record at
Wigan but it didn t stop him being a
"This is a real, real special day,"
Martinez said. "And I have this feeling
already of excitement, honour. This
is a phenomenal and passionate foot-
ball club and I can t wait to get sunk
with everything it means (to be) at
Everton and make sure we start work-
ing on playing football to be extremely
A technically gifted midfielder who
spent most of his 14-year playing
career in the lower leagues in England,
Martinez has gained more repute as
a coach, first joining Swansea in 2007
and then taking over at Wigan two
Under Wigan owner Dave Whelan,
he enjoyed the rare commodity of a
secure job and never wavered from
his principles of entertaining and pass-
ing football. Ferguson was among the
managers who praised Martinez for
his approach to the game.
"It s something I expected when he
asked me if he could leave," said Whe-
lan, who allowed Martinez to begin
talks with Everton in the wake of his
team s relegation.
"Roberto has been for us one fan-
tastic manager ... he s just such a won-
Everton remains one of England s
biggest clubs, with a large fan base
around the world owing to its success
in the 1980s when it vied with Liv-
erpool as the country s biggest team.
Its last major trophy was the FA
Cup in 1995, however, and success-
starved fans will want Martinez to
replicate the stability of Moyes, who
was in charge for 11 years, but also
add some trophies to the mix.
Neymar's first Barcelona
match set to be friendly
MADRID --- Neymar's first outing for
Barcelona alongside Lionel Messi looks
set to be in a July friendly against
Lechia Gdansk in Poland.
Barcelona said in a statement
yesterday that the first of five
preseason games will be on July 20 at
the 40,000-seat PGE Arena in Gdansk.
Neymar completed his transfer from
Santos on Monday in a deal that unites
the Brazilian star with Argentina's
Messi in what promises to be a
formidable attacking partnership.
The 21-year-old Neymar signed a five-
Arshavin among players
released by Arsenal
LONDON --- Andrey Arshavin's
unhappy spell at Arsenal has come to
an end after the Premier League club
announced the Russia captain will be
one of three players to leave when their
contracts expire on June 30.
Brazilian midfielder Denilson and
former France defender Sebastien
Squillaci will also be released by Arsenal
as manager Arsene Wenger rebuilds his
squad ahead of the new season.
Arshavin failed to deliver on his
potential following his move to
Emirates Stadium for a reported 15
million pounds (US$23 million) from
Zenit St Petersburg in 2009 and barely
featured last season.
Six Pro Patria fans
sentenced for racism
BUSTO ARSIZIO --- Six fans of
lower-division club Pro Patria have been
issued jail sentences from 40 days to
two months for inciting racial hatred
during a January friendly against AC
After repeated racist chants directed
at him during the match, Milan and
Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng
kicked the ball in anger at a section of
the crowd, took off his shirt and walked
off the pitch with the rest of the
Milan players Urby Emanuelson,
Sulley Muntari and M'Baye Niang were
also targeted by the chants.
Prosecutors had requested four- to
The ANSA news agency reports that
one fan received a 40-day sentence
after collaborating with authorities,
while the other five fans received two-
The fans were also fined a total of
€10,000 (US$13,000), plus trial
Valencia appoints Miroslav
Djukic as coach to 2014
VALENCIA --- Valencia has appointed
former defender Miroslav Djukic as its
new coach through 2014.
The club said in a statement
yesterday that the 47-year-old Serbian
replaces Ernesto Valverde, who left the
club after it narrowly missed out on a
Champions League berth on the last
day of the Spanish league season.
Djukic played at Valencia from 1997-
2003, making 157 appearances. The
club, which finished fifth, said "Welcome
home, Miroslav Djukic" on its Web site.
Djukic arrives from Valladolid, where
he has coached since 2011, leading it to
the top tier and securing its standing
there with a 14th-place finish this
Djukic, who was to be presented at
Mestalla later yesterday, said he
believed that "together we can go
forward and make Valencia's fans'
dreams come true."
Everton hires Roberto
Martinez as manager
Roberto Martinez the new
manager of the English Premier
League team Everton. AP PHOTO
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