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Martinez earns plaudits for work on ESPN

14/07/2014  Comments (9)  jump
Christopher Harris at has highlighted Roberto Martinez as one of the "highs" of ESPN's coverage in the United States of the 2014 World Cup:
The fact that ESPN continues to be able to secure the talent of Roberto Martinez with each major tournament is a huge coup for the American broadcaster.

Martinez is a perfectionist in everything he does. He’s an excellent communicator. He almost always adds observations and pieces of wisdom that are enlightening. And his calmness and effervescent personality in front of the TV camera is a joy to watch.

» Read the full article at World Soccer Talk

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Patrick Murphy
2 Posted 14/07/2014 at 14:29:40
Pfffftttt Showcasing his talents for self-promotion when he really should have been standing over the shoulder of Elstone and Kenwright.....not the sort of manager that Everton FC should have...mock self-effacing gruff sounding people should be in charge of team affairs any Tom Dick and Harry can sound good on TV and spout out platitudes to the uneducated masses.

Well that's what some people will think - but my take is that anything that brings praise and reflects well on Everton FC is a good thing and the media play a very important role in the game, it is not to be underestimated how many new supporters from abroad will be attracted to the club via Bobby's stint at the World Cup.

John Ford
3 Posted 14/07/2014 at 14:46:09
Articulate, calm, thoughtful. It's all very unenglish actually... oh bugger he's Spanish.

Can't someone teach him to rant, bounce about, threaten a passing policeman or show extremes of emotion on the touchline. I hear this is what English fans want. We're all dickheads after all.

Mike Gaynes
4 Posted 14/07/2014 at 15:09:59
ESPN was so impressed with him that they did live remote interviews with him even after he had returned to England.
Peter Murray
5 Posted 15/07/2014 at 08:16:01
If Roberto ever did leave football management, he’d get a top job in PR consultancy.
Dave Roberts
6 Posted 15/07/2014 at 10:17:38
I remember when I was a kid I always wished we had a popular, media savvy, humorous manager like Shankly who would attract a better media view of the club and who would make us more popular. Instead we had dull and dour Catterick who had exactly the opposite effect.

The media despised him because he despised them and generally, the media's treatment of the club was negative and has remained so. Every manager since has been close in type and personality to Catterick until now.

Whether we like it or not, this is important because the club does need at least fair treatment from the media and Roberto has brought that and this will grow.

Andrew Ellams
7 Posted 15/07/2014 at 10:59:26
Do we all remember when World Cup panels were made of people like McMenemy and Clough who had a bit of character and knew a fair bit about the game? Not like the dullards we have been watching for the past month.

Dave Roberts, not sure I would call Joe Royle 'dour'...

David Ellis
8 Posted 15/07/2014 at 11:17:42
Dave - I am not sure every manager has been as dour as Catterick....(but there have been a few). But I agree with you and Patrick, it's great to have a media-savvy manager and it does make a difference to the profile of the club and its brand. Shankly made Liverpool what they are – others stood on his shoulders, but without him they would be... well, right where we are now!
David Ellis
9 Posted 15/07/2014 at 11:20:57
Although it has to be said that the media did love OFM, until he became OFM.
Karl Masters
10 Posted 15/07/2014 at 18:29:22
Kendall dour? The man was always in a bar or the Chinese restaurant!

Even Mike Walker for all his faults wasn't dour, just ask the journalists who interviewed the silver fox at the pre-season tour of 1994. I can't imagine the word that sprang to mind as our Manager approached them fresh from tge swimming pool resplendant in an orange thong was 'dour' !!!!

Dave Stalin Roberts!

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