Following a season in which Everton recorded its highest Premier League point total in history, manager Roberto Martinez has been awarded with a new deal.
The Toffees announced that Martinez has received a five-year extension that will keep him as the Everton manager throughout the 2018-19 season.
Martinez received plenty of praise following his first season with the club after joining from Wigan Athletic, and now he is looking forward to what the future will hold as the two sides continue to grow together.
“I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to make a further commitment to Everton. I loved my first season at the club. I could not be more proud of the way Everton performed throughout the entire season and the memories we were able to make together," Martinez said in a press release. “I am really excited about next season. I knew from the moment I arrived at Everton that this was a special place and I’d like to thank everyone associated with the club, the board, all the staff, the players and our brilliant supporters for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to build on the traditions and success of this great club."
Everton chairman Bill Kenwright was thrilled with Martinez's first season at Goodison Park.
“In many commentators’ eyes, Roberto Martinez is the best young manager in Europe. We agree. He took on an unfamiliar challenge for most managers; to take something really good and make it even better," Kenwright said. “He has succeeded. In his debut season he broke our Premier League record points haul, got us back into Europe and developed some of the most exciting young footballers in the game.
“He conducts himself off the pitch in the same way. He undertakes his business with great style, confidence, positivity and class. He is an Everton man."
Martinez and Everton will now look to improve on last season's record point total which was enough to land them to a fifth-place in the table.