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Roberto Martinez’s success has Everton supporters scratching their heads

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Roberto Martinez’s success has Everton supporters scratching their heads

The Spaniard has guided Belgium to a World Cup semi-final.

Former Everton manager Roberto Martinez has certainly enjoyed an unorthodox route to the World Cup semi-final.

From managing Swansea, to Wigan Athletic, to his time at Everton, Martinez’s first foray into international management raised many eyebrows.

The Spaniard divides opinion like none other. His time at Goodison Park was nothing if not controversial, filled with an encouraging first season followed by two bottom-half finishes that ultimately cost him his job.

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However, the debate still rages on among Toffees supporters on whether the club was wrong to sack Martinez in 2016, while there was cup success interspersed with league struggles.

As Martinez steered his Belgian side into the final four of the World Cup, beating Brazil in the process, many observers on social media let loose with their opinions of the enigmatic Martinez.

From League One to leading one of the world’s most talented countries into the World Cup – it is no easy feat. On Twitter, many supporters, especially Evertonians, were left scratching their heads at their former manager’s international success.

One astute observer recounted that under Martinez’s watch, the Toffees finished outside the Premier League’s top ten two times– the only times it had happened in the past 12 years.

No matter how well the Spaniard does at Belgium, there will always be those who are reminded of a couple of a disappointing seasons at Goodison Park.

 

 

Some claimed Belgium’s success could be attributed more to their excellent squad than Martinez’s management.

His meteoric rise was also remarked upon, from floundering at the bottom half of the Premier League to the heights of the World Cup last four.

And Sunderland supporters, who were grasping at straws to find any positive connections to the World Cup, finally struck gold with a piece of Martinez’s recent history.

Max is a journalist studying at the University of Pennsylvania. Max specialises in English football and co-hosts a weekly podcast. He is also a politics reporter and deputy news editor for The Daily Pennsylvanian.

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