Everton sack Roberto Martinez: How the stubborn Spaniard's Goodison Park reign unravelled

13/05/2016  5 Comments  [Jump to last]
ToffeeWeb's Lyndon Lloyd spoke with International Business Times about where it went wrong for Roberto and who could replace him.

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Jim Bennings
1 Posted 13/05/2016 at 19:09:11
Let's just remember Roberto for the highlights in his first season and the fact he dared us to dream and invited the possibility of that glass ceiling being shattered.

Sadly it never worked out for him, I harbour no feelings of hate towards him; I knew that we had to move him on because the team was suffering badly and Martinez himself appeared to be suffering and frankly like a lost soul.

But I don't hate him; even come the last few weeks I simply pitied what the man had become &– an empty shell of the man that arrived with great promise and for 12 months even looked like delivering on that great promise.

He was just out of his depth at the end, lost in a maze of his own failed philosophy with no way out because he was either too stubborn to change or just didn't have the ability to actually change.

I fondly remember the dismantling of Arsenal at Goodison in April 2014, a resounding 3-0 win, I felt certain that day that we would pip the Gunners to that coveted 4th Champions League place, we were on the crest of a wave and it was arguably Martinez's finest hour for us.

It never quite panned out though and if anything it was possibly the beginning of the end of "Roberto's dream to build our football team".

In truth it was just never the same after the curtain fell on that first season in charge, something happened during that summer of 2014. We may never know what it was but something changed, the players came back, the manager came back but the swagger and style that was on display frequently in that maiden year was completely gone and we then saw a team so inept and so boring it was as though we needed to check the name of the manager in matchday programmes to see if Walter Smith returned.

I think Roberto will leave with regrets much like many logical fans who will look back at what may have been after the early promise.

He got his third season, it would have been slightly unfair to have sacked him last summer after one bad season, but it's this season and this year especially that's been the death knell for him.

He goes with my best wishes, let's hope perhaps with age Roberto becomes a more flexible mature manager wherever his career takes him.

Terry Downes
2 Posted 13/05/2016 at 19:39:03
Jim, Brilliantly put that's the best analysis I've seen written on T/W so far.
Nigel Gregson
3 Posted 13/05/2016 at 22:15:24
Agree and amen Jim.
John Grills
4 Posted 13/05/2016 at 23:28:14
Jim (1) - spot on. your fourth paragraph nails it.
Successful managers know when to change, to adapt - like Ferguson, Mourinho etc. They learn from their mistakes. For me that was always Martinez's biggest shortcoming - his steadfast over confidence and refusal to face facts and learn when things went wrong.

All the talk of course is that he will return to spain where hopefully things will go well for him. Great guy, not so great Manager. As another poster has said, hes better suited to coaching than management.
Frank Crewe
5 Posted 14/05/2016 at 17:03:09
As Mr Benning has pointed out the seeds of RM's downfall were sown in his first season. After the 3-0 destruction of Arsenal instead of leaving things alone he tinkered with the team against Crystal Palace. Bolasie ran riot and we lost 3-1. After that was the 2 own goals we conceded to Southampton and that was it no 4th place for us. We peaked and it was downhill from then on.

RM poncing around at the world cup in the closed season instead of getting ready for the next season. The farcical cobbled together preseason which left his players unfit. Chasing after the Europa instead of the PL. Outside of Besic he signed no players that were not already at the club (Lukaku was on loan when we bought him). Yet we plainly needed more players to compete in europe and the PL.

But it appears to be his failing. When he took over at Wigan from Steve Bruce they were 9th. Within 3 seasons they were relegated. His sides just can't or won't defend and it doesn't seem to bother him.

I have no doubt Everton have done the right thing in sacking him. If he had stayed and we started next season the way we ended this one we would surely have been relegated as night follows day.

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