If Roberto Martinez looked especially happy to be working the World Cup, there are other reasons for his buoyant attitude.
The Everton manager has been handed a new five-year contract with the club. Martinez led the Toffees to their best ever Premier League finish, with 21 wins and 72 points.
He also drew plaudits for his actions off-the-field, giving an emotional speech at Anfield during the Hillsborough Memorial service.
And if Martinez remains the hot name in rumors for “bigger” jobs, Everton has just made it harder for teams to take him away.
“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.”
Chairman Bill Kenwright, who brought Martinez to Everton last year, said: “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.
“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.”
It’s a slick move by Everton. Even after just one year, Martinez deserves to be rewarded for doing his job very well.