Report: Inter Milan targeting Everton boss Martinez

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After opening their season with a 7-0 thrashing over Sassuolo, Inter Milan has only scored eight times in their past nine games.

The club also finished in fifth in Serie A last season, failing to qualify for the Champions League.

This has upper management worried, and reports out of Italy say they could be targeting a new manager.

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According to La Reppublica, Everton boss Roberto Martinez is the leading candidate should Walter Mazzarri be sacked over the club’s recent form.

Inter’s Indonesian owner Erick Thohir is said to be very impressed with Martinez’s work in England, leading Wigan to an FA Cup title before helping Everton to a fifth-place Premier League finish.

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Martinez has become a fan favorite at Goodison Park as well as becoming one of the most well-respected managers in the Premier League. After signing a five-year contract and with the Toffees allowing Martinez to spend big money on players this offseason, it seems the Spaniard is committed to Everton for the long-haul.

At Inter, manager Walter Mazzarri is also tied up with a contract until June of 2016. However, if he does not turn around the club’s form, he could be in for a short stint at the San Siro.

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Inter’s director general Marco Fassone denied that the club was in a state of emergency, but did say they were looking at their managerial situation internally, all the way up to president Erick Thohir.

Having your name mentioned as a managerial candidate for one of Europe’s most storied clubs means you’re doing something right, so congratulations Roberto. But after spending the past 20 years in England, it’s very likely Martinez will still be on the touchline for Everton come next summer.