Martinez on Everton takeover reports: ‘The future will be very, very bright for the club’

first_imgEverton manager Roberto Martinez told talkSPORT ‘there is nothing to mention’ regarding reports of £200million takeover bid, but insisted ‘the future will be very, very bright’ for the club.Speculation on Tuesday claimed an American consortium, led by Jay Moores – former owner of NLF side San Diego Padres – and entrepreneur Charles Noell – had tabled the offer following months of discussions with Toffees chairman Bill Kenwright.It could be the end of a long process from the Everton chief, who has apparently been searching for big investment in the club for the last decade.Kenwright purchased the Merseyside club from local businessman Peter Johnson for £20m in 1999 and admitted back in November 2007: “If the right person stands in front of me and wants to take this club forward, I will sell.”Martinez, a guest on Tuesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show, was hesitant to talk about the developments when questioned, but did give his backing to Kenwright – who has faced a backlash from fans in recent months – and ‘guaranteed’ that whatever decision was made would be in the best interests of the club’s development.He told talkSPORT: “I’ve been a bit surprised that there’s been a lot of talk about this. There’s nothing to mention.“But what I could add is something that every Evertonian and fan needs to know, which is that our chairman loves Everton.“He grew up at Goodison and I don’t think you get many owners who have this attachment to a football club.“I can guarantee you that anything that is going to happen will be good for the club.“We have a chairman who I don’t think has got the credit he deserves at times, he has been running the club under very difficult circumstances.“So now I can guarantee you that, whatever is going to happen, the future will be very, very bright for Everton.“I don’t think at Everton you’ll ever see a takeover based on finances. If anything happens it will to allow the club to go to the next level, to fulfil the big projects and big aspirations we have.“At the moment all I would love if to see our chairman stay at the club for another 100 years, because nobody has the same passion and understanding of Everton as a club.”last_img read more