Everton legends reflect on Roberto Martinez's appointment as manager
Is Roberto Martinez the right man for Everton? Barry Horne and Joe Royle give their assessment...
Last Updated: 26/06/13 4:43pm
Martinez, who suffered relegation from the Premier League with Wigan last season, just days after guiding his side to a shock victory over Manchester City in the FA Cup final, replaces David Moyes, who has taken over from Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.
But is the Spaniard the ideal man to lead the Goodison Park club forward? Sky Sports News asked some former Everton stars for their views...
Barry Horne - Everton midfielder, 1992-96
"I feel happy that Everton have gone about appointing Roberto in the right way, in terms of taking their time and considering several candidates, and I think he will be a success at the club; his job will be, at the very least, to keep Everton challenging for the European spots. There is no reason his managerial skills can't be transported from a struggling team like Wigan to one that is looking the other way. Martinez has shown, with players like James McCarthy, James McArthur and Callum McManaman, that he is not afraid to promote youth and he has done well in the transfer market, too, with the signings of guys like Arouna Kone. Plus, he is loyal and will play good football, but I think he may have to change his mind-set of being defensive early on in games as the Everton fans won't be too keen on that."
Joe Royle - Former Everton player and manager
"Roberto's main priority will be to finish as high as he can in the Premier League - Everton aren't going to win the title but he will be looking at around sixth place - but he comes in with the imprints of the FA Cup still on his hands and I'm sure he will be hoping to bring a trophy to the club for the first time since the 1995 FA Cup. Moyes knew that if he had someone who could score goals at vital times last season, they could have threatened fourth place. So I'm sure that Bill Kenwright and the staff at Everton will be telling Roberto that they need a front man - badly."