By Matthew Shaw

18th Jan, 2022 | 8:10am

Everton deal to appoint Roberto Martinez collapses, move is off - Jason Burt

An Everton move to appoint Roberto Martinez has fully collapsed, according to Jason Burt this week.

The Telegraph journalist has reported that any potential deal is now “off” and other options are being considered.

The Belgian FA appears to be playing hardball, and won’t let their man leave until after the World Cup midway through next season.

Martinez is said to be expected to walk out after the World Cup, but that is way too far down the line for the Toffees.

Burt shared the news on his personal Twitter account alongside the story, insisting that you can “never say never” despite the negative news.

“Never say never but Martinez to Everton is off,” he wrote.

Here we go again.

When was the last thing that ever went smoothly at Goodison Park?

It appears that with this board in charge, there will always be hiccups when it comes to these major decisions.

Getting rid of Marcel Brands was deserved on paper given his track record, but looking for a new manager will have been helped by someone in that director of football role – something no longer at the club.

We cannot dwell on this decision though or try and change Belgium’s mind, it simply hasn’t happened and that has to be accepted.

Having an interim may not be the worst move with Duncan Ferguson waiting in the wings, but if Moshiri and the board want a permanent man at the wheel, they’re going to have to move quickly.

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

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