Much has been written about Roberto Martinez’s impact since his arrival at Everton. Here was a manager who many felt was destined for great things following the work he did at Swansea City and latterly at Wigan Athletic, and almost as soon as he arrived at Goodison Park, those great things started happening.
While the man he succeeded struggled to replace a legend at Manchester United, Martinez instilled into his new team an ethos that had worked so effectively at both the Liberty Stadium and the DW Stadium.
They are also in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup – a competition Martinez won just last season.
And yet while the Spaniard must get a considerable amount of plaudits for his work, the efforts of David Moyes during his long and extremely successful spell at Goodison Park should not be understated.
Success has a variety of different measurements. There are trophies, which only the best of the best can win; there is stability – an underrated triumph to those who do not know better; and there is what Moyes did at Everton.
For that is in no small part why Martinez’s arrival has been so effective. In fact it is probably why he joined them in the first place.
Having reportedly turned down both Aston Villa and Liverpool in the past, it was clear Martinez’s next move would not be made lightly. When he did leave Wigan – and the unwavering support of Dave Whelan – it was always going to be for a club at which he felt he could have a similar security and the same element of faith.
So while Moyes struggles to rectify some of the problems he inherited when he arrived at Old Trafford – an aging squad, a lack of midfield quality, a top-heavy team and a number of players approaching the end of their current deals – the fact that Martinez’s transition has been so smooth shows what Moyes can do when given time.
For that reason, Martinez should be grateful and United fans should be patient. And one day, just maybe, the two men will be competing for the top prizes with their current sides.
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