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Jun 13, 2013

Martinez set to finalise Everton staff

Roberto Martinez has said he plans to finalise his Everton backroom staff within the next two weeks.

Martinez, appointed as manager at Goodison Park on a four-year contract on June 5, has described the departure of coach David Weir, who has become Sheffied United boss, as "a real shame".

He is expected to bring several members of staff from his former club Wigan, with assistant manager Graeme Jones, chief scout Kevin Reeves, goalkeeping coach Inaki Bergara and conditioning expert Richard Evans all set to make the move from the DW Stadium.

Martinez, though, has indicated that he will hold talks with departing Everton captain Phil Neville about a place on the Goodison coaching team.

The manager is keen to start putting staff in place quickly, and told the Liverpool Echo: "Over the next two weeks, we are going to get some clarity in how we are going to settle the staff."

Weir was interviewed for the manager's job at Everton before Martinez was appointed, and the new boss said: "I spoke with David Weir, and he is a phenomenal gentleman. The timing has been a real shame.

"The opportunity of managing is something he had to take. It is a real shame he hasn't been able to be part of the project, because he would have been someone who fitted in really, really well to our structure."

Martinez has yet to confirm publicly that he will bring members of his Wigan backroom team with him, but has done little to play down the suggestion.

He is likely to have to make several new appointments at Goodison Park, with current Everton assistant manager Steve Round, first-team coach Jimmy Lumsden, goalkeeping coach Chris Woods and chief scout Robbie Cooke all expected to follow David Moyes to Manchester United.

Martinez added: "There are going to be changes and, when a manager leaves, he seems to take certain members of his staff.

"It is going to be important that we set the structure quickly and that it carries on a very efficient support to the players."

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