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Martinez keen to keep Stubbs and Weir

June 7, 2013
By Mike Whalley

New Everton manager Roberto Martinez has indicated that he is keen to retain Alan Stubbs and David Weir on the club's coaching staff and find a role for Phil Neville.

Roberto Martinez
PA PhotosRoberto Martinez has said he wants to have Evertonians on his staff

Martinez, confirmed as the replacement for David Moyes at Goodison Park on Wednesday, is expected to bring in his own backroom staff from his former club Wigan.

Assistants Graeme Jones and Kevin Reeves, along with goalkeeping coach Inaki Bergara and conditioning coach Richard Evans, are set to move over from the DW Stadium.

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright interviewed reserve team manager Weir and Under-21 coach Stubbs for the Everton manager's role before appointing Martinez, and has also hinted that he would like them to remain a part of the set-up.

Departing captain Neville, who brought an eight-year playing stint at Goodison Park to an end at the conclusion of the season, was also interviewed by Kenwright.

Neville, who is currently in Israel as part of the England coaching team at the European Under-21 Championships, has been linked with a coaching role at Manchester United, where he would join up again with Moyes.

Martinez plans to retain some of Everton's current coaching staff as well as bringing in his own men.

He said: "I'll be speaking with them all. I will love having Evertonians on the management team. It's very important.

"They need to set the values of the club. I will be speaking to everyone here, and obviously Alan and David are part of that.

"Phil is a little bit different now he's away, but I will be speaking to him to see how he feels. It's a big moment in his career right now.

"He will be thinking about going into management or coaching. We will sit down with him and see how he feels about things."

Kenwright added: "Roberto said to me at our first meeting that it is very important that those lads are part of our plan going forward.

"He wants to bring his own guys in, but that will take him time to see what is there. He will be talking to a lot of people."