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Everton better off with Martinez over Moyes

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Roberto Martinez has won a lot of plaudits in the past for his work at Wigan Athletic from fans, players and his peers.

He has managed to delay the inevitable for Wigan in the past, but was unable to keep them in the Premier League last season.

However, he still - against all odds - managed to bring them a trophy in the form of the League Cup.

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan hailed Martinez as nothing short of a magician. So why is it that just four Premier League games into his Everton career he has received criticism by sections of the media and a portion of the Everton faithful.

All the while, his predecessor, David Moyes - who now is in charge at Premier League champions Manchester United - is heralded as a hero?

Moyes had an impressive reign at Goodison Park with some very good Premier League finishes, and even got the club as far as the Champions League final qualifying round. However, in all his 11 years in charge at Goodison he has never won a trophy, something that you would think he should have achieved.

The Toffees came close on several occasions but they seemed to choke in the big games, by big games I mean big occasions not necessarily against the big sides. Most notably in the FA Cup where they lost 4-1 to Blackburn Rovers and not forgetting the 2-1 loss at Leeds United in the Capital One Cup in 2012.

These are games that were more than winnable, but seemed to have slipped away. His tactics have always been shrouded in negativity he was once quoted as saying: "It’s like going into a gunfight and I’ve got a knife" about his Everton side's trip to the Etihad Stadium to play Manchester City.

You would not think these are words of encouragement for players and he in his 11 years had never won away at any of the supposed big four, that is 46 attempts and not one win not really the glittering record you had come to expect from the British sports media?

In appointing Martinez, Everton have got a manager that wants to change a philosophy which is never easy, especially if it contradicts everything that has gone before for a complete decade.

Players attitudes have to change and so do the fans with them. Martinez has always got his teams to play the beautiful game. I liken the situation to his fellow managers Arsene Wenger (Arsenal), Paul Lambert (Aston Villa) and Brendan Rodgers (Liverpool), to a lesser extent.

They all chose to overhaul and imprint their own style or footballing philosophy on their clubs. This takes time and is not done overnight, it is a gradual process. In the long term, Martinez will get Everton playing some very good attractive football, he has no doubt inherited some very capable players and he will not be shy of blooding Everton's academy players in the first-team.

Fans have already seen the emergence of Ross Barkley this season, which resulted in his first senior England cap against Moldova last month. 

There is a strange shift of opinions, when Martinez was linked with the Liverpool job he was held in very high regard, there were opinions that Martinez is responsible for the dramatic and impressive resurgence of Swansea City, which is now being thrown around as a Brendan Rodgers achievement as any football fan knows this is not the case.

I do not buy into the opinion that Martinez got Wigan relegated, so Everton will go the same way that is just illogical. He has better players and better resources than he ever had at Wigan and was almost like a captain on a sinking ship.

It would be on a par with saying Pep Guardiola won titles at Barcelona so he could in time get MK Dons to win the Champions League; obviously that is a ridiculous statement same goes for the Martinez one.

In summarising it is important that the Goodison Park faithful give Martinez the time he requires. He has already achieved something Moyes could not last season and that was a home win against Chelsea, and I am sure more of the same is only just around the corner.

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