By Joe Ellis

20th Jan, 2022 | 8:10am

Daily Star journo lambasts Everton for 'desperate' Martinez links

Everton have been branded as “desperate” by a Daily Star journalist as their hunt for Rafael Benitez’s successor has seen Roberto Martinez linked to the job.

The 48-year-old is currently manager of Belgium and his previous job before that was at Everton in 2016.

He has taken Belgium to a World Cup semi-final during his time with the national side but the Belgian FA want him to stay in the post for the 2022 World Cup in November [Guardian].

When addressing the Martinez links, Daily Star journalist Paul Brown said to Give Me Sport: “That just seems like complete madness to me and shows how desperate they are, really.”

It’s a bad idea

For Everton’s sake, they need to stay away from Martinez even just in an interim role, which seems unlikely.

While he won’t be as unpopular as Benitez was when he was announced, he was still almost driven out of the club by the fans back in 2016 and his return wouldn’t do much to repair the fans’ relationship with the board.

Even though his successes with Belgium have been eye-opening, he hasn’t managed a club side since he left Merseyside and going straight back in the middle of the season would be a huge challenge.

Other names to have been linked include Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard, both of whom would be better fits for Everton although Rooney is already in a job at Derby County.

Lampard could be a viable option but the club already have Duncan Ferguson in caretaker charge and he will almost certainly get the players fired up again.

Surely he could do the job until the end of the season when more managers will, in theory, become available,

In other Everton news, another journalist has made a huge claim over Wayne Rooney taking the Toffees job.