The first of what is expected to be several moves has begun at Finch Farm as the club announced that assistants Steve Round, Chris Woods, and Jimmy Lumsden have all been released from their contracts with Everton. It was later announced today that all three have joined David Moyes at Manchester United.
Steve Round arrived at Everton in the summer of 2008 to replace the departed Alan Irvine who had accepted the managerial position at Preston North End.
Chris Woods has been the goalkeeping coach at Everton since 1998, and has also been the United States Men's National Team goalkeeping coach since 2011. Woods was a highly successful goalkeeper in his day, making over 600 appearances for club and 43 for England.
This news was not surprising, and is arguably welcome news. There has always been some questions about just how capable Round was in his position, and with a new manager at the club it is no shock he would be moving on.
The biggest question will be who replaces Chris Woods at goalkeeping coach. While Tim Howard had a pretty decent season, it was not up to his usual standards, and a change in keeper coaches could be a good way for Howard to regain his best form. With the speculation about how quickly Martinez might try to transition to a 3 back line, it will be important to get the goalkeeping coach selection right.
Now that these departures have been announced, speculation will grow about who Martinez will bring in to replace the three coaches, with most sources indicating Martinez is looking to bring some of his backroom staff over from Wigan.