AVB likes to play a high line squeezing the opponent into their own half. Hodgson the complete opposite preffering to to make sure that there is a solid shape and defend the 18 yard line. Now this should immediately ring bells with people.
Rafa played a high line, Bilbao do it, Barecelona do it. It is the current fashion. Mourinho is slightly different preferring to play narrow and squeezing teams outward. This suited Chelsea and everyone that's followed him generally kept it that way. I hope I've got the right Robert.
To play a high line you need a highly mobile and disciplined midfield. Full backs are critical as they also need to cover he space behind them. Your front line also needs to be proactive when you don't have the ball. You can immediately recognise it by looking at where the full backs are in play and where they generally eceive the ball. If it's up aorund the half way line or higher you are pressing. Deeper and your are allowing teams onto you.
I'm also gald to hear that people have started to do a little research of their own onto Martinez. While there still remains doubt over his ability to make the transition from Wigan to a culb with bigger budgets and expectations (and the Fergie factor) I'm personally quite impressed with what I've read about him. He knows his stuff and works damn hard to achieve what he wants. He also gets very emotionally involved. The Martinez 3-4-3 system, when done right can play both a high line and a deeper one. A true 3-4-3 is design ed to queeze and press. When it's time to go deeper it can almost revert to a 5-4-1.
I agree I'm looking forward to the future. A new structure and drive is what we need for sure. Like everyone else I just hope they can get t right and fund it accordingly