Ex-Everton star brands "joke" Martinez links and expects another "toxic" saga

Former Everton striker Victor Anichebe brandished the prospect of Roberto Martinez returning to the club as a “joke”.

Martinez has reportedly been identified as a replacement to Rafael Benitez, despite the fact he was sacked by the club nearly six years ago.

The former Wigan Athletic boss’ reign at Goodison Park began with an impressive fifth placed finish in the 2013-14 season, but his fate was sealed after a mediocre 12th placed finish in his third season.

Several reports understand the Toffees have contacted the Belgian Football Association to enquire about the prospect of the former Wigan Athletic boss simultaneously managing the Merseysiders and Belgium at the same time.

But Anichebe, who was sold to West Bromwich Albion by Martinez, decried the move as a “joke”.

'I've heard Martinez has been linked with the Everton job… is this some kind of joke?' he told Sky Sports News.

"They finished fifth in the first season [under Martinez] with David Moyes' team. The next season I think it was 11th twice.

"Sometimes I think people don't remember what happened before. There were protests to get him out of the club.

"So you've gone from one toxic situation to bring back another toxic situation that happened when Martinez was at the club.”

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Similarly to Benitez’s tumultuous reign at Goodison Park, crowd protests and banners began to appear in the final months of Martinez’s reign at the club.

However, Martinez has rekindled some of his reputation by leading Belgium to a third place finish at the World Cup and the quarter-finals, in which they were knocked out of both competitions by eventual winners France and Italy, respectively.

However, Anichebe does not feel his performance at Belgium warrants a return to the club he managed between 2013 and 2016.

"He's been manager at Belgium for a long time, who have been ranked No 1 for how long? Where's he finished,” Anichebe brutally added.

"They haven't won anything, they've got knocked out against Italy and France who are two really good teams too. They've been top ranked for so long.

"And that's the first manager that Moshiri sacked so why would you want to bring him back?”

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