Sunday 8 December 2019

Magic Martinez shows Moyes how it's done

Roberto Martinez of Everton has again shown his managerial astuteness with Everton
Roberto Martinez of Everton has again shown his managerial astuteness with Everton

Colm Parkinson

Bill Kenwright said shortly after he appointed Roberto Martinez as Everton manager: "Almost Roberto's first words to me were: 'I'll get you into the Champions League'."

Many people might have laughed at the idea that a manager who had just taken Wigan down to the championship with the joint-worst defensive record in the league could do something that outgoing manager David Moyes did only once in his 10 years in charge at Goodison Park.

This season, even when the race for fourth seemed to have slipped away from Everton following successive losses to Tottenham and Chelsea, Martinez remained positive.

He hadn't given up on the race for fourth even though most Evertonians, including myself, had.

Five games and five wins later a top-four finish is in Everton's hands. A win against Arsenal at home this Sunday will put Everton in the driving seat for the last Champions league spot.

When you consider David Moyes' performance at Old Trafford this season and the inevitable transition period all new managers endure – see Brendan Rodgers – it makes Martinez's debut season even more fantastic.

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