Roberto Martinez is one of the most likeable characters in the Premier League as he led Wigan to survival year after year in some of the Premier League’s greatest ever escapes. The Spaniard who had a wonderful playing career moved into management in 2007 and has never looked back. He now moves on to the next step of his career with Everton.
At the time whilst managing Swansea, he decided to take his opportunity to manage in the Premier League with Wigan Athletic. Martinez first season with the club was not the most consistent. Big wins against the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool coupled with crushing defeats to Tottenham and Chelsea saw Wigan finish in 16th place as Martinez adjusted to life in the top flight.
His second and third seasons at the club saw them once again pull of great escapes as they won on the last day at Stoke to secure top flight survival before in the 2011/2012 season saw Martinez produce a miracle which saw Wigan defeat Manchester United and Newcastle at home coupled with wins at Liverpool and Arsenal saw the Latics win 7 out of their last 9 games to survive.
The 2012/2013 season was one step to far in the league. Not in the cup. Wigan produced one of the shocks of the decade to stun big spenders and former Premier League champions Manchester City with a 90th minute Ben Watson header to seal the cup and delight chairman Dave Whelan who had broken his leg in the FA Cup final in 1960. The jubilations in the cup though were met with heartbreak in the league as they could not pull off the great escape and fell into the Championship.
Martinez now has joined a club at the other end of the spectrum in Everton. Taking over from club legend David Moyes who masterminded a remarkable period at the club under a small budget shows how well regarded Moyes was at Goodison Park and how much of a job Martinez has to do on Merseyside. It is challenge he will embrace. He comes with the expectation to continue to progress and many expect Everton to play a more attractive style of football under the Spaniard. Martinez has brought in Antolin Alcaraz, Joel Robles and striker Arouna Kone from his old club and has had a good pre-season with the likes of youngster Ross Barkley impressing.
Overall, Martinez has a good squad at his disposal however due to his lack of experience as managing at the higher reaches of the top tier; it will be interesting to see how well he does as he moves on his managerial career to the next level.