As the new Everton boss prepares for his first game in charge, Vincent Ralph asks what the new seasons holds for the Spaniard.
For so long a wanted man who shunned the attention of many a suitor, Roberto Martinez has now chosen the club at which his managerial nous will either be confirmed or disproved.
At both Swansea City and Wigan Athletic, the Spaniard built sides that played football the right way…or at least the prettiest way.
Refusing to rely on long-ball tactics or desperation – even in the midst of a relegation battle – Martinez built a reputation as a certain type of manager.
Now in charge of Everton, it is time to see if that reputation holds firm.
In a bizarre juxtaposition of footballing ethos, it could be argued that Martinez is a better fit – at least in style – than David Moyes for the Old Trafford hot seat.
That his predecessor now calls that his own means the Spaniard can transform an extremely efficient Everton side into one possessing many of his own traits: style, confidence and the ability to outplay as well as outperform their opponents.
I have predicted that Everton will finish seventh this season, but what does the new campaign hold for their manager?
It will take time for his new side to adapt to his style, although the arrival of some of his former Wigan players will surely aid that transition.
He will also continue to hold court in a way befitting a man whose teams rarely panic, even in the face of great adversity.
Having previously turned down both Liverpool and Aston Villa, his arrival at Goodison Park speaks volumes about the club as well as the man. You sensed he would only ever leave Wigan for the right club. That in itself should fill his new players with confidence for the campaigns ahead.
Will it all go wrong? Will Martinez be found out as a man who thrives best in smaller ponds? I doubt it.
He could even surprise a few people by following up his FA Cup success with another trophy at a club desperate for, and deserving of, one.
Many managers have the air of chancers who struck lucky. But in the case of Martinez, it may be Everton who will ultimately be celebrating their luck in securing a man who has the ability to inspire their next great chapter.
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