There is no doubt that Roberto Martinez is a manager with huge potential and Everton clearly see him as a long term replacement for David Moyes.
However, Moyes' success during his Goodison Park tenure has left Martinez with a possible headache as he will be expected to maintain, if not improve, Everton's performances over recent years, which will not be easy.
David Moyes has regularly led Everton to a top ten finish and they have always been consistent performers often challenging for European football and being a thorn in the side of many of the top clubs, particularly at home. Martinez will naturally be looking to improve Everton in order for them to be regularly challenging for Champions League positions and domestic trophies.
Although Everton will have funds at their disposal they are limited on what they can spend and this is where David Moyes has excelled during his spell there. He has identified players from abroad and at home who do not command huge transfer fees and also added to this with promising younger players from the Everton youth system. He has built teams with a strong work ethic and commitment which has proved invaluable to him. Martinez must continue to do this at the very least.
Everton and Martinez will find it very difficult to challenge for Champions League places, despite their desire to do so, especially given the teams they are competing against. Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham are all vying for just four places and to break into this group of teams will be an achievement in itself given the financial clout they possess.
Aspirations to achieve a Champions League place is very commendable and expected but in reality is probably a long way off. Continuing the stability that Everton have is perhaps Martinez's first aim.
If Martinez was to achieve another top seven finish in 2013/14 I would regard this as an excellent start to his managerial career at Goodison Park because it will not be easy to continue the great work that Moyes has obviously done.
Martinez is now at a club with a much higher standing in football than Wigan Athletic, the club he left. With all due respect Wigan did well to maintain their Premier League status for as long as they did and to capture the FA Cup is a dream come true for the small Lancashire club. Martinez deserves huge credit for this, as he does for the sterling job he did at Swansea City prior to this. Everton is a different animal.
I personally hope Martinez continues to build on the strong foundations that Moyes has laid but it will be a very difficult task for the Spaniard. He has the advantage of a strong set of players who are clearly united in their cause but the glory days of the 80s and early 90s are now a distant memory and will be tough to rekindle for Everton's first foreign manager particularly in today's footballing climate.
Maybe Moyes was taken for granted at Everton and the work he did was not given the credit it deserves. Will Everton realise the true worth of their ex-manager now he has gone?
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