By Matthew Shaw

17th Jan, 2022 | 9:00am

Everton must pay £2million compensation for Roberto Martinez, Belgium resignation off the cards

Everton will need to pay a £2million release clause to Belgium in order to appoint Roberto Martinez as their new manager.

That’s according to the Daily Mail (print edition, 17 January) who report that the Spaniard is eager for a new permanent job.

The Belgium FA are said to have opened talks as they want to keep Martinez, who will not resign unless a compensation package is agreed.

It looks as though Everton are set for yet another tug-of-war, but this time with the twist of the Belgium FA.

Martinez’ current deal runs out at the end of the World Cup this year, meaning compensation is almost inevitable.

There has been talk of the former manager coming back to Goodison Park on an interim basis alongside his international commitments, but that looks unlikely.

No idea.

Farhad Moshiri is continuing to prove that he really doesn’t have a clear idea of what the fans really want at Goodison Park.

That or he doesn’t have long-term memory, with Martinez the first manager he sacked during his reign in charge of the club.

What makes him think that this will be any different this time around? Martinez has been coaching some of the best players in the world at Belgium, something he certainly won’t get at Finch Farm.

A couple of positives compared to the likes of Rafa Benitez, is that he will know the club inside and out, and that could work in his favour.

After Benitez was handed a handsome financial package with his sacking, Moshiri may think twice about another seven-figure fee.

It will be interesting to see how this one develops, but it looks as though it won’t be long until we have answers.

In other Everton news, the Toffees hope to appoint their new manager before the Aston Villa clash with talks underway

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