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Martinez: Mid-season boss swop is silly


EVERTON boss Roberto Martinez believes managers such as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer . . .

He believes changing a manager mid-season without a clear strategy has very few long-term benefits.

Solskjaer replaced Malky Mackay in January with the Bluebirds just a point above the bottom three, but they head to Goodison Park on Saturday inside the relegation zone, albeit on goal difference. The former Manchester United striker had taken just seven points from his first nine matches, although they did secure a crucial win over bottom side Fulham last weekend.

Martinez believes the evidence shows short-term thinking does not pay off.

"It is difficult. It is very rare you get a real improvement for the long term," he said.

"In the short term, they sometimes get a positive reaction, but a change rarely affects things in a good way for the long term. Sometimes we get those decisions. Overall, you don't want to see those sort of changes and I personally don't believe the quick turnaround of a manager will give you long-term success unless you appoint the right man.


"It depends on every situation and every club has internal issues that they (should) know whether the decision will be right.

"But if you ask me, nothing gives you more success in the long term than good stability and working with a real strategy to improve."