Although the Goodison Park faithful have had the pleasure of witnessing a handful of the Premier League’s most exciting young players at their club on a week-to-week basis, the 2015/16 campaign has so far been massively underwhelming for Everton on the whole, with manager Roberto Martinez under the sort of pressure he’s not experienced since relocating to Merseyside.
The Toffees have clearly failed to put last term’s distinct shortcomings well and truly behind them, and have only really decreased in proficiency since David Moyes’ departure from the club in 2013. And as Romelu Lukaku has certainly banged in the goals at a consistent enough rate so far this season, Martinez’s side really should be faring far better in the English top-flight right in the here and now.
So then, in light of how poorly things have gone for the former Swansea City and Wigan Athletic manager in 2015/16, and Everton’s subsequent reported interest in landing current Manchester City boss, Manuel Pellegrini, for the upcoming league campaign: would the Toffees really excel with the 62-year-old Chilean calling the shots next season, or does their current boss deserve a little more faith from the Goodison Park board?
Well, although Pellegrini has failed considerably when it comes to Man City’s overall domestic performances so far this season, perhaps he nonetheless represents an ideal alternative to Martinez on the back of Everton’s recent stagnation.
Although the expensively assembled Citizens squad has admittedly fallen somewhat short this term after seeing over £100m spent on careless player recruitment – Kevin De Bruyne aside – across the previous summer transfer window, Pellegrini has perhaps performed as well as anybody would have expected down at the Etihad. Money can only take you so far, after all…
The vastly experienced South American tactician has won some important silverware, while helping to continue to move Man City into the modern era. The once lowly Premier League club have certainly maintained their presence among the upper echelons of the English top-flight under Pellegrini, and could even go on to achieve the seemingly impossible and win the Champions League.
Although Martinez does theoretically deserve his fair share of credit for all the relevant positives he has brought to Goodison Park over the past few seasons, the under-fire Spaniard has arguably taken Everton as far as he possibly can after the unmistakable sense of disappointment to wash over the Toffees in 2015/16.
As his counterpart in the Etihad dug-out has worked with several high ranking La Liga outfits during his long-term career and possesses a vast array of significant contacts within the game, and obviously knows what it takes to handle high profile assets on a day-to-day basis, he must arguably go down as the perfect candidate to take Everton forward within the modern era.
On the back of the recent investment to take place behind the scenes at Everton, the Toffees certainly represent an outfit looking to achieve big things in the not too distant future, yet as Martinez possibly lacks the all-round managerial quality to take his current employers successfully on to the next level, perhaps it’s only a matter of time before Everton finally make a change in leadership ahead of the 2016/17 league season.
Although the current feeling of uncertainty to surround Roberto Martinez could admittedly up and disappear if the Spanish tactician manages to go all the way with Everton in the FA Cup this term, Manuel Pellegrini ultimately presents himself a far more suitable option for the club if they really are serious about moving up a level.