Former Everton captain Ian Snodin has been thrilled with the impact Roberto Martinez has had at the club since taking over from David Moyes last year.
The progressive Spanish coach was drafted in after winning the FA Cup with Wigan, where his slick passing football had garnered praise from many and helped the Latics stay in the top tier despite a number of relegation battles.
But with the drop having finally caught up with the DW Stadium side in his final few weeks at the club, there were some doubters when Martinez arrived at Goodison Park, particularly given Moyes’ status and achievements on Merseyside.
However he has made a massive impact at Everton since, helping the Toffees into contention for a shock top four finish while integrating talented young players such as John Stones and Ross Barkley.
Snodin – who was a crowd favourite at the club in his playing days – says that he won’t see fans criticise Moyes, but that Martinez has been a breathe of fresh air:
“We’re watching a different style of play now.” He told the Daily Star.
“Everton fans were not used to seeing the pall played along the back from Jagielka to Distin, back to Jagielka then back to Distin.
“It was done slowly at first but now we’re seeing a different, quicker Everton.
“Both the full-backs are pushing on and now they are our two most dangerous weapons.
“It was always going to take time but Sunday’s performance [the 3-0 win over Arsenal] was the best I’ve seen in a few years at Everton.
“I’m not taking anything away from David Moyes. I’ll not have a bad word said about David Moyes
“A lot of supporters were saying he’d taken the team as far as he could go and that he wasn’t ambitious enough.
“We had a couple of good seasons and I think he did an excellent job at Everton – but now we’re playing with a lot more style.”
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