When Roberto Martinez was appointed as the Everton manager last summer, no one expected him to deliver as well as he has done. Most of the pundits and fans expected a mid-table finish but with just six games remaining this season he is on the verge of getting Everton into the Champions League. One could say he's worked wonders since taking over from David Moyes.
After winning the FA Cup with Wigan Athletic a lot of people expected him to stay with the Latics and get them back to the Premier League but he made the switch to Goodison Park with the same confidence and proved his worth.
The Spanish manager is still only 40 and still has a lot to achieve. Gerard Deulofeu said that he tips his current manager to manage Barcelona one day. Martinez has to be considered as one of the best young managers around. He won the FA Cup with Wigan Athletic by beating Manchester City last year and is on the verge of getting Everton into the Champions League in his debut season.
Martinez also has a good eye for buying the right players. After the sale of Marouane Fellaini to Manchester United who was one of their key central midfielders last season he bought in Gareth Barry from Manchester City and the young James McCarthy from Wigan Athletic to fill the gap left by him and both of these players have been outstanding this season and with the addition of Romelu Lukaku their squad became very competitive. With Lukaku scoring 13 goals this season Chelsea made a big mistake is loaning him to Everton.
Martinez gave a fair chance to a few youth players at Everton like Bryan Oviedo who was outstanding at left back when Baines was out injured but the more importantly he found a pearl of a talent in Ross Barkley who was instrumental for Everton having such a wonderful season. Roy Hodgson is considering taking the young attacking midfielder to Brazil this summer for his performances with Everton.
Martinez is a master tactician and one of the brightest young managers in Europe right now. Even if he does not qualify for the Champions league this season he should be given credit for finishing fifth with Everton this season. Martinez still has a long way to go in his managerial career and maybe Deulofeu is right: he could manage Barcelona one day.
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