Martinez Magic Will Make Everton Smile
It looks like Roberto Martinez will finally be installed as the new Everton Boss subject to last ditch talks with Dave Whelan today. His FA Cup success, though tempered by relegation this year, is a fitting reward for keeping Athletic in the Premier League. For Everton it is a flamboyant, gesture, but would Bill Kenwright, who met him earlier this week, really want it any other way? The West End Producer knows how to put on a show and the Martinez brand will certainly do that.
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After success – a 50% win rate to boot – at Swansea Bobby Martinez spent four seasons at Wigan and, to be fair, his utilisation of the smallest budget in the league, has been the football equivalent of turning water into wine. Everton, may have vastly superior resources, but they too are paupers compared to the top 6, so it will take a special kind of character to emulate, let alone eclipse David Moyes. But Roberto is the man who can.
His best quality is his ability to bring things back from the brink he did it three times and failed at the fourth attempt. During his first season at Wigan, Bobby dodged the trapdoor in 2009/10, beating 3 of the big four. During the late charge, the Wigan trademark, they came from 2 down to beat Arsenal 3-2 and beat Liverpool. They failed to do the double over Chelsea, losing 8-0 on the final day. The Toffee’s won’t tolerate that kind of hammering, nor the 9-1 defeat at Spurs earlier in that season, but they have a strong spine and the defensive quality to allow his attacking instincts to entertain the Gwladys Street End at the heart of one of English football’s most atmospheric stadiums.
It is a big step up for him, because the expectations are high at the School of Science, also nicknamed the Peoples club. Apt then that one that champions the finer points of the people’s game, throughout his playing journey from Real Zaragosa to Chester, will do it with style and an optimistic smile. That will be good for football and the Evertonians, who, perhaps more than most, deserve to be bashing the Big 5 Bastille door down.
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