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Tuesday 4th June 2013 12:37

Roberto Martinez: Is the right man according to Doyle

Roberto Martinez: Is the right man according to Doyle

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Everton FanZoner Warren Doyle believes Roberto Martinez is the right man to take the Toffees forward ahead of his imminent appointment.

Welcome to Everton Football Club Roberto Martinez. Apologies about the new badge, it's only for a year though!

The saga on who was to replace David Moyes is now over and the Wigan manager and FA Cup winner looks ready to take the reins of one of the biggest and possibly most difficult jobs in British football.

The Spaniard had been among the favourites to take the hot-seat in what has been a whirlwind few weeks following the announcement of Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement, and then David Moyes subsequent appointment at Manchester United.

Martinez will now be tasked with keeping Everton at the top end of the Premier League and hopefully adding silverware to the club following his win at Wembley.

It would be wrong at this point to not allude to the fact that this appointment will be met with skepticism by some, perhaps a majority of Evertonians. They may have good reason as the facts are there; he never finished higher than 15th and Wigan conceded a record amount of goals under his stewardship.

Some will see this as an appointment that lacks ambition in the fact that Everton have seen one manager take over the biggest club in the country and have now hired one who has just been relegated.

Some will feel Everton should have pushed the boat out and gone for the likes of a Michael Laudrup from Swansea or Vitor Pereira from Porto. Only time will tell whether those fans are right or whether Martinez just might find the magic touch with Everton.

I realise I may be in the minority, but I am very pleased with the choice made. For starters, he is for me, the best of what was available. Laudrup himself may not have a successful second season and he has never been one to be 'in it for the long term'. Time will also tell whether he can repeat his heroics with the Welsh side.

Vitor Pereira was another name that was talked up amongst Evertonians. Again he looks like he would of brought a style to Goodison and he would have come with a winning pedigree from Porto. However, I feel he would have been a gamble.

Apart from his few seasons at Porto, we do not know much about him - is he a coach or a manager? Due to the financial side and how things ran in the Moyes era, Everton require a manager, not a coach. We need someone who would not just understand the playing side, but how the club works internally and how things are done behind the scenes. Would Pereira know this? Has he had this responsibility at Porto? I'm not so sure and it is for that reason that for me he would represent a massive risk.

Apart from those two names, who else could we have realistically gone for? Mark Hughes? Neil Lennon? We could have gone in for Malky Mackay from Cardiff. Those names wouldn't have inspired anyone of blue persuasion.

We could have gone internal and appointed Alan Stubbs or David Weir but handing such a massive job to men with so little experience would have also been a huge gamble. It may be seen as the safe option, but certainly for me, Martinez was the only option.

I admit I have a concern about how his side's setup defensively, however with the likes of Phil Jagielka, Sylvain Distin and Leighton Baines in our team, we have the quality there to overcome this.

The aforementioned Stubbs & Weir, stalwarts of the art of defending in their day, are also on hand to help as defensive coaches if required.

I am also a fan of how he applies himself in-front of the media and how he sets his teams. He likes to play with stylish, crisp passing and attacking play.

With the quality that Everton currently possess, he may be able to get the most out of Kevin Mirallas and rejuvenate Nikica Jelavic.

I am intrigued to see how he develops our young players such as Ross Barkley and Shane Duffy. If he can help with their development like he did with the likes of Callum McManaman and James McCarthy, then we can look forward to seeing the likes of Duffy & Barkley progress in the first team.

This may be disputed, but for me, the best two performances from opposition sides at Goodison came from Wigan last season. On Boxing Day they were unlucky to leave without any points in a 2-1 defeat. In the FA Cup, The Latics simply blitzed us with a 3-0 win. If those performances and the style in which they were met can be replicated week after week, then Goodison will be a good place to watch football next season.

The biggest thing about Martinez and why I approve of his appointment so much is that he fits the role. As previously mentioned, we need a manager, not just a coach. We need someone that will know and understand the financial constraints of our club and understand managing in the Premier League. He had to contend with that at Wigan; he now has it on a bigger scale with Everton.

A lot of people forget that he completely restructured Wigan - particularly their youth set up. He also laid the foundations in what has seen Swansea become so successful. He has worked under financial constraints but somehow managed to win Wigan their first ever FA Cup. Whenever he speaks, he speaks with class and sense. He has the respect of the players he has worked with. He knows how to manage a football club.

I know he has taken Wigan down, but even the most hardened Latics fan will admit that they possibly could not have maintained Premier League status forever, especially for a club of their size. I hope that doesn't sound disrespectful, it was fantastic to see them in the Premier League and I really hope they return.

Joe Royle took Oldham down in 94. Oldham at the time was of similar stature and size to what Wigan is now. The following year in 95, he won the FA Cup with Everton and many still feel he was unlucky not to have done more in the following years. Royle was given a chance and I know the Evertonians will give Martinez time also and not get on his back too soon if things do not work out straight away.

Hopefully the Martinez era can be a successful one. I wish him every success. He has inherited a squad with some excellent players, a good youth setup and he has some of the best fans going to get behind him and his team every week. Good luck Roberto and welcome again to Everton Football Club.

Nil Satis Nisi Optimum.

You can follow Warren on Twitter at @WD1878 - and don't forget to follow @FanZone too!



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