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On This Day In Everton History: June 5th

Shame how it ended with Bobby, but there was some ‘phenomenal’ football before that

Roberto Martinez New Everton Manager Press Conference and Photo Call Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images

Let’s take a look at how this date shaped Everton history as we know it!

2013: Roberto Martinez appointed Everton manager

Going into the 2012-2013 campaign, David Moyes was heading into his 11th year with the club. Despite the fact that the Scottish skipper had yet to win any trophies for Everton, he was consistent in keeping them in the top half of the table for a majority of his time at the club and added some trips to European competitions, as well. With his success, came talk of an exit and a bigger job, but nothing had come to fruition in the past, so there was belief that any talk was just a rumor as the 2012-2013 season rolled around. The team as a whole played well that year, losing just 9 games in total and advancing to the FA Cup Quarterfinals before losing to eventual champions Wigan. The Toffees finished that year in 6th place, losing out on a Europa League spot by 9 points due to the successes of Wigan and Swansea in the FA Cup and League Cup, respectively.

Towards the end of the season, the rumors surrounding Moyes’ exit started to heat up once again, but this time was different. This time, it seemed like it could become a reality. Sir Alex Ferguson was set to leave his position as manager of Manchester United and it was believed that Moyes was next in line. Shortly after the season came to a close, the rumors were proven true as Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down and David Moyes made his move to Manchester after 11 seasons with the Toffees. So, with Moyes’ departure official, Everton was in need of a new manager, which brings us to June 5th, 2013.

On this date, the Everton board appointed Roberto Martinez as the club’s next manager. Martinez had just won the FA Cup with Wigan Athletic, earning them a spot in the Europa League group stages, but could not keep the Latics from being relegated from the Premier League in the same season. The latter is what brought worry to the Toffee supporters, but Martinez would do his best to prove them wrong. He did just that in his first season, just missing out on Champions League as Everton closed the season in lackluster form and it was only downhill from there. The club could not get it together after that under Martinez and after the 2015-2016 campaign, despite advancing to the semis in both domestic cups, the Spanish manager was sacked.

As we all know, that was just the beginning and Everton have gone through three more managers since, settling on Carlo Ancelotti with their most recent hire this past December. Martinez meanwhile is the head coach of the Belgium national team, but has also faced criticism for underwhelming with an incredibly talented group of players some of whom are reaching the end of their prime now.

The Spaniard ended up managing the Blues 143 times, winning 62 games, drawing 37 and 44 losses, and continues to hold a soft spot for the club in his work as television analyst.

And THAT is today in Everton history!