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April 9, 2015 9:52 AM LEIGHTON JAMES COLUMN: Everton boss Roberto Martinez will manage one of Europe's top clubs

EVERTON may be enduring a difficult season, but Roberto Martinez is a top-class boss who will go on to manage at the very highest level. After finishing fifth to qualify for the Europa League last term, it is something of a surprise that the Toffees will visit South Wales languishing in 12th this weekend. Like Swansea discovered last season, the demands 12

April 3, 2015 11:15 PM Lukakau agent change no issue

The Belgium striker recently ditched Christophe Henrotay in order to link up with Raiola, who also represents the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Mario Balotelli. "Everyone speaks about the colourful character that Mino Raiola is but he has a lot of players who are happy to stay at one club. "I dealt with Mino Raiola at Wigan and not many people 2

April 3, 2015 4:04 PM Romelu Lukaku is better than Diego Costa and should not have joined Everton, says Mino Raiola

Last Updated: 03/04/15 5:06pm Mino Raiola has claimed Romelu Lukaku is better than Diego Costa and will soon earn a move to "one of the world's best teams". After an erratic start to the season, Lukaku has emerged as one of the few positives in Everton's disappointing campaign, becoming the club’s leading goalscorer in European competition. Lukaku made the move to bolster 5

April 3, 2015 12:20 PM Martinez eyes strong Everton finish

Back-to-back league wins eased the growing spectre of a relegation battle and their nine-point cushion over 18th-placed Burnley means they are out of danger from that respect. With European qualification effectively out of reach the Toffees have little left to aim for, but Martinez is keen for them to finish strongly in order to banish the feelings of failure 7

April 3, 2015 5:00 AM Roberto Martinez to take time over Antolin Alcaraz decision

The Spanish defender followed Martinez from Wigan to Goodison Park in the summer of 2013, but injuries have made it difficult for the defender to produce his best form. However, Martinez has not ruled out offering the 32-year-old a new deal before his current contract expires in the summer. "We have a window in the summer to decide. It is too early to tell what will happen 3

March 30, 2015 1:40 AM Qualification possible but it’s a Long shot

Ireland 1 Poland 1: Euro 2016 Qualifier As the clock ticked into injury-time, it looked as though Ireland were certain to lose a game that was flagged as ‘must win’. But, similar to Germany in October, there was a late twist from a direct route and a happy ending as a corner was swung into the box and unlikely recipient Wes Hoolahan headed the ball across 16

March 23, 2015 2:08 PM Tomkins out for six weeks

England full-back Sam Tomkins has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a knee injury. The former Wigan star, who turned 26 on Monday, suffered a partial tear of the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the New Zealand Warriors' round-three win over Parramatta at Mount Smart Stadium at the weekend. Tomkins, who was an ever-present for the Warriors 1

March 23, 2015 11:08 AM Partial tear: New Zealand Warriors star Sam Tomkins out for up to six weeks

New Zealand Warriors full-back Sam Tomkins will be out for six weeks after sustaining a knee ligament injury. Tomkins suffered a partial tear of the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in Saturday's 29-16 win over Parramatta Eels, with the England international withdrawn after just 11 minutes. The former Wigan Warriors man is expected to be unavailable 2

March 21, 2015 6:11 PM Bournemouth go top again while Blackpool are almost buried

Yann Kermorgant's penalty gave Bournemouth an early lead against Middlesbrough and Harry Arter crashed home from long range early in the second half. Brett Pitman converted Bournemouth's second penalty in the 74th minute. Watford drop to second and Middlesbrough third, while Norwich stayed in contention for a top-two finish with a 3-1 win against Nottingham 4

March 17, 2015 6:11 PM Roberto Mancini: Manchester City 'should win a title every year'

(CNN)Roberto Mancini says he carries Manchester City's supporters in his heart -- but there's not much love being shown towards the man who replaced him as manager of the Premier League champions. Manuel Pellegrini is a man feeling the heat -- and the current City manager has come under fire from his predecessor just 24 hours after insisting he is not under 1