Roberto Martinez taking over at Everton is no surprise. It has been heavily rumoured ever since David Moyes was confirmed to be Manchester United-bound, and has been pretty much common knowledge ever since Martinez told Wigan he wanted to leave.
The appointment could turn out either way. I mean, he did ever so well at Swansea and, to a different extent, at Wigan. However I am not completely convinced of his credentials as a Premier League manager.
He has only just kept Wigan up year after year, until this season when they were relegated. Was he the best option for Everton? I think Bill Kenwright has gone safe, personally.
Martinez knows the division to some extent and he definitely knows how to operate on a limited budget and punch above his weight. It is by no means a certainty, but safe as it may be Everton have made a good choice.
Regardless of my doubts regarding his league results, winning the FA Cup with Wigan for me was a stronger sign of what he can do and that bodes well for the Toffees.
Winning the FA Cup - and the manner in which they won it, playing the style of football that they believe in - was a very impressive feat. It cannot be compared to Wimbledon’s 1988 triumph, for instance, where the Crazy Gang were the underdogs in every round. Wigan refused to carry themselves as the outsiders, even in the final against Manchester City.
Wigan went out and played football. They showed what they can do and took home quite the illustrious reward for their efforts. That was definitely Martinez's finest moment and while he has a lot to prove in the 38-game top flight league season, his management style is nonetheless very good.
I also imagine he will have more room to express his preferred philosophies at Everton than he did at Wigan. The Latics tended to concede too many goals but the Toffees are much more defensively sound, presumably allowing Martinez to instil his attacking ways with fewer consequences at the other end.
And one thing Everton may have lacked over the last few years is that touch of flair going forward. Martinez is potentially the man to fix that.
His first battle as Everton manager of course will be to try and keep as many of the side’s top players. Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini are constantly rumoured to end up following Moyes to Old Trafford, and Martinez needs to sell his ideas and his promise of Champions League football to the players – especially those two – if he is to retain them.
Either way, Martinez should not struggle to bring in more good players, whether to add to or replace the current crop. Everton are seen as a big club and a great opportunity for many promising players to build their reputations, so they will be more than keen.
Not only that, but Roberto and his network of scouts have proven they have an eye for a player themselves, and I imagine they will be able to add something to the current recruitment capabilities at Goodison Park.
The one question of Martinez’s capabilities in his new role, outside of getting consistent results in the league, is his man management. Not to say he’s particularly weak in this area, but Moyes was very strong to a man at Everton. Can Martinez keep up the standard?