4 Reasons Why Roberto Martinez Is The Ideal Successor At Barcelona
If Spanish and Belgium press rumours are to be believed, then Roberto Martinez is in line to land the top job at FC Barcelona this summer. It looks like Ernesto Valverde's time at Barcelona is coming to an end and Barça are looking to head in a new direction, with the Catalan coach said to be leading the way.
If "Bobby" Martinez finally goes back to his home country, then he will have plenty of work to do to ensure that Barcelona return to the heights of European football. However, many doubt he's the right choice.
So, the question is: Is he the right man for the job? Today, we're here to try change your mind (but who knows) and tell you 4 reasons why you should believe Roberto Martinez is the ideal successor for Valverde at Barcelona.
4. A Spanish Coach In England?
If you thought Pep Guardiola was one of the most successful Spanish coaches in England, you should go back and have a look, as Guardiola is not the first Spaniard to be successful in the UK. Before the former Barcelona and Bayern manager made his appearance, Roberto Martinez was one of the three men with the title of "Spanish coach in British lands." During his stage as manager, he took charge of Swansea, Wigan and Everton.
With Swansea (2007/08), Martinez achieved promotion after the team was proclaimed champion of the Football League One and Bobby was distinguished as coach of the year in the category by the League Managers Association's.
Later on, he signed for Wigan, and in the 2012-13 season, he won the FA Cup with the team, beating Manchester City 1-0 in the final. Ben Watson's goal in added time gave them their first big title ever. At the end of the season, on June 5, 2013, Everton confirmed Martinez's hiring for the next four seasons as the team's new manager, replacing David Moyes.
The Spanish coach set out to qualify the team for Europe in his first season. After starting the 2013-14 Premier league campaign with 3 consecutive draws, Everton ranked in the top 7 after the 5th round, finishing the first round in 4th place. Everton reached the final stage of the campaign with some options to qualify for the Champions League, and although they did not achieve that goal, Martinez did ensure their presence in the Europa League , improving one position with respect to the previous season.
It's true that he still has a long way to win more titles, but he can be proud to have a successful story in the famously super competitive English football.
3. Success With Belgium's National Team.
After being in British football for a long time, Bobby finally took the next step. On the 3rd of August of 2016, Martinez replaced Marc Wilmots as the Belgium's head coach.
A year after his arrival, he was able to qualify the Belgian outfit for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, getting them to 3rd place in the competition, after beating England 0-1. even though he was unable to take Belgium to ultimate glory in 2018, Roberto Martinez's numbers in his outstanding spell with Belgium speak for themselves:
31 games in charge since his appointment in 2016, 23 matches won, 6 ended in draw, and 2 loses. That's a 74.19% of victory in all his clashes. Something that, clearly, Barcelona is keeping an eye on.
2. Roberto Declares Himself a Fan of "Cruyff."
Roberto Martinez has always said he has been inspired by the Dutch legend as a manager. He likes how Johan Cruyff changed the idea of Barça, although he has also opened up to other ideas and other ways of working. The Catalan coach has always been curious by nature.
At Barcelona, the demand will be maximum, because they know that winning La Liga, which seems enough, surely is not enough. But Barcelona is looking to get back to its roots and what better option than a coach who loves the style of a legendary Barça man?
1. "Winning Mentality, Discipline, Intensity Without the Ball."
These are the basis of Bobby's football. Imagine seeing that kind of game implemented in a team like Barcelona. It would be a revolution that could be close to what Ten Hag did this season with Ajax.
A team like Barcelona, who has lost its beautiful way of playing and just focuses on making it by needs a real revolution, a coach that will bring discipline to the team and make the players give 100% on the big occasions, similar to the way Liverpool play with Klopp. Barcelona have lost their identity and their way, and it became evident on the biggest stage for everyone to see, like the 4-0 defeat at Anfield or the 2-1 disaster against Valencia in the Copa del Rey.
With a winning mentality, some discipline and intensity without the ball, Barcelona could be back to its golden days, fixing its engines and becoming the perfect machine it once was. And the hero of this possible change? Bob, the Builder?