Everton have officially unveiled Roberto Martinez as their new manager, in what is a good move for both the club and the Spanish coach.
David Moyes has filled big shoes at Manchester United, but the Scot has left something of a legacy at Goodison Park after 11 years in charge of the Merseyside club. Although Martinez has a big job on his hands, his appointment is a clever one by Everton.
Despite other names such as Ralf Ragnick being touted as the next Everton boss, Martinez became favourite with those betting online after he quit Wigan following relegation. Martinez did a wonderful job at Wigan, but in the end he was always fighting a losing battle.
The quality of the Latics squad was always going to make it difficult for the club to stay in the Premier League in the long-term, with the Spaniard’s budget to strengthen next to nothing.
Martinez’s budget will not be much more at Everton, and the new man will have to follow in Moyes’ footsteps of finding bargains in the transfer market for the Toffees to remain as good as they currently are. The difference between Everton and Wigan however, is that Martinez may opt to sell one of his bigger name players at Goodison to raise funds to buy two or three players to improve his squad.
With the best betting rates indicating that Leighton Baines looks odds on to follow Moyes to Manchester United, Martinez should have money to spend this summer. However, it is important that he does not part with too many of his stars, and it would be a major bonus if he can convince Marouane Fellaini to stay at the club.
One thing that Everton fans can look forward to is an attacking and possession style of play with Martinez at the helm. His team at Wigan looked to play his brand of football, and when they got it right they could beat anyone in the division. With better players at his disposal at Everton, his new side should be a joy to watch in 2013-14.
Martinez has stated that his goal is to get Everton into the top four, something that Moyes only managed once in his tenure at the club. It is a big ask given the quality of the other sides at the top of the table, but not impossible if Everton add a good player or two this summer.