Roberto Martinez has to improve next season, if given the chance

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Everton have had a poor campaign, failing to reach the heights pundits and fans predicted at the start of the season.

Questions have been asked of Roberto Martinez's ability to lead the Blues to success.

He made the strange statement recently that Everton can compete with any club financially, when this is quite clearly not the case. Even with Everton's new ownership, there are still numerous clubs who could blow them out of the water with their financial power.

During his career, Martinez has overseen Swansea City's promotion from League One to the Championship and led Wigan Athletic to FA Cup glory in 2013. At the end of that season he left the DW Stadium and was appointed manager of Everton.

The step up in class has proved a difficult one for the Spaniard. He is often criticised for being tactically inept with a lack of defensive discipline.

His tactics and philosophies are in stark contrast to former Blues manager - David Moyes. Goodison Park was always a tough place to go, where many of the league's best sides would struggle to pick up a result. This does not seem to be the case any more, and is highlighted by the fact that five out of the top six sides in the league have won at Goodison this season. 

They are currently 12th place in the table with the eighth worst defensive record. Martinez seems to have an obsession with passing the ball out from the back, and it has cost them on numerous occasions this season, with John Stones the main culprit. 

The Daily Mail reported in January how the former Barnsley man had already made eight big mistakes that proved costly for his side. It is a trend that has continued with many Everton fans becoming frustrated with Stones' apparent nonchalance on the ball.

The former Wigan manager has spent vast amounts over the past couple of years on players such as Romelu Lukaku, Gerard Deulofeu and Oumar Niasse. This, in turn, has raised expectation levels at the club - ones in which Martinez has not been able to meet.

They have a chance to salvage their mediocre season, with success in the FA Cup, and this could be critical in regards to the fate of their Spanish manager

Whatever happens come may, Everton face a huge summer ahead of them, with the new owners expecting vast improvements in the league.

The jury is still out as to whether Martinez is the right man to help them achieve this.

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