Everton assistant Graeme Jones going nowhere despite Swansea links, says Martinez

The Toffees boss says the 43-year-old coach, who was also the Spaniard's number two while at the Liberty Stadium, is only focused on his duties at Goodison Park
Everton manager Roberto Martinez has played down reports that his assistant Graeme Jones could be the next Swansea City boss.

Jones is reportedly among the front-runners to replace Michael Laudrup at the Liberty Stadium after the Dane was sacked on Tuesday.

The 43-year-old is held in high regard at the Welsh club after enjoying a successful spell as Martinez's number two there before the duo moved to Wigan, and was also considered for the role after Brendan Rodgers left for Liverpool.

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Martinez is not surprised to see Jones being linked with his former club, but the Spaniard does not expect to lose his sidekick.

"It's nothing new," said the Everton boss. "Graeme and I have been working together since 2007 and it's good when you get those links because it means people still remember the work that you did at a previous club.

"But Graeme is fully focused at Everton and it's not even a question. The only thing that matters is the results at Everton and there's not going to be any changes in that respect."

Everton face Tottenham on Sunday and Martinez is considering playing January signing Lacina Traore against Tim Sherwood's side, with the Ivorian eager to make his Premier League debut.

"Lacina is progressing really well. I need to check whether it's wise to use him Sunday. He is fully fit from a medical point of view," he said.

"Lacina is really different to what we've got. He's stronger than I thought and has an incredible appetite for his Everton debut."