Its been a painful season for Everton fans under Roberto Martinez. While two cup semi-finals gave a glimmer of hope, performances in the league have been dire at times and there is nothing worse for a fan to see their team with so much potential, fall a long way short of what could be achieved. The Toffees have built an impressive side and they are showing that they are willing to spend to compete with the £28 million signing of Romelu Lukaku a statement of intent.
While the Everton fans appear to get on the backs of their players relatively easily, you can understand the frustration. I’ve not seen a team so disorganised for quite some time. The defensive frailties and lack of concentration had become a bit of a joke. Martinez had to go, it was no where near good enough. I believe now that Martinez has been fired, the club should look to Watford’s Quique Sanchez Flores who could go back to basics and make Everton a team who not only have talent but a side where you fear you won’t get anything at Goodison without a huge fight.
With Flores leaving the Hornets at the end of the season and stating he thinks he will stay in the Premier League, it could be the perfect fit. His side have been resolute in defence up until they became safe way before the end of the season. He created a compact defensive unit starting from the front meaning that discipline was of the highest order. That is all it could take for Everton to become a consistent side. While Flores’s persistence on defending with structure and work rate could potentially reduce the impact of the likes of Ross Barkley, he still allows freedom going forwards. This is where his Watford side differ from Everton. Watford have struggled under his guidance when it comes to attacking. I don’t expect this to be a problem at Everton. The Merseyside Club have plenty more options going forwards with flair and high class attacking talents from all over the pitch. Goals should come naturally especially with a couple of additions. Building the foundations at the back should ease the pressure on the front men and give Everton a greater chance of winning games by not having to go behind in games, which has been a problem this season.
Flores’s track record is highly successful, he’s performed well in the Champions League and won a Europa League with Atletico Madrid. It is worth noting he has not stayed at any club for longer than 3 years so Everton shouldn’t expect a long term manager. However in the modern game this should not be an issue. An instant impact is what I feel Everton need. With QSF at 5/1 (SkyBet) to be the next Everton manager, it could be a real possibility, one that I think would be a big lift to the club.
Everton fans, would you like to see Quique Sanchez Flores as your next manager? What needs to change at the club? Let us know in the comments below!
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