Neville Southall says Roberto Martinez is best Everton manager since Kendall

Roberto Martinez

Roberto Martinez has been backed to win silverware by Neville Southall, who has brought high expectations to the club.

Former Everton goalkeeper Neville Southall has said that Roberto Martinez is the best manager the club have had since Howard Kendall - the last man to deliver the league title for the club back in 1987.

The Toffees legend is also adamant that Martinez will end the club's trophy drought - with their last major honour being the FA Cup in 1995, when Joe Royle's side beat Manchester United 1-0 in the final.

Following a promising first season at the cub where the side finished fifth in the Premier League with 72 points, Southall said there is a lot more expectation for Everton to win games.

He told TalkSport: “Roberto is definitely the man to lead Everton and he’s the best manager we’ve had since Howard Kendall. He will win something for us.

“There are not many managers who can walk into a club and change the philosophy. His problem this season is going to be the expectation.

“People are turning up to the ground and expecting Everton to win by lots of goals.

“The crowd noise level went down last year. I went to see the match against West Ham last season and it was really quiet. I was wondering why this was happening and then you realise the expectation he’s brought in, and the type of football he’s playing, people are sitting there saying, ‘entertain me’.”

Undoubtedly, Martinez has shown he has something about him after just the one season in charge at Everton, and has a long way to go before achieving what Kendall managed to win at the club, as the former Everton boss won two league titles, and the Cup Winners' Cup. 

Breaking into the elite towards the top of the Premier League is going to be the first target for Martinez, and they came close last season - whilst they will be looking to end their 20-year wait for silverware this season.

Given the amount of money that clubs need to spend over a sustained period of time to compete for the top honours, Martinez's hands could be tied to a certain extent - but if he were to achieve even a fraction of what Kendall managed to deliver, his time at Goodison Park will be considered a huge success.

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