The news Evertonians had been waiting for finally broke last week: Roberto Martinez has been sacked as manager with immediate effect. Now, there was no doubt Roberto left us with some great memories from his first season in charge but as the ‘Moyes’ back line started to disintegrate under the Spaniard during his next two campaigns, it became evident he was not the man to take the club forward. Finishing in the bottom half of the table once is not acceptable, let alone twice!
It was definitely time for change.
So who is to take the reigns of this great club? The main man in the frame: Frank De Boer. The former Ajax man left his post in Amsterdam just days before Roberto was sacked and it wasn’t long before his brother, Ronald, told the press that his sibling was very interested in the job and that it was just up to the club to make the first move. With the Dutch manager now becoming bookies favorite to take over the Toffee’s, it won’t be long until a decision is made.
So what would we expect to see from Frank? Line ups for De Boer usually consist of a 4-3-3 setup with a lot of emphasis of play on the wingers, and with Mirallas recently committing his future to Everton, it means we would see a lot more of the Belgian and his counterpart Gerard Deulofeu who are arguably two of the blues best players. Frank does enjoy possession-based play in home games which may worry many fans as that style of play didn’t work out for Martinez, however unlike Roberto, Frank demands on a lot of off-ball movement from his players to create space, thus eliminating the need to aimlessly pass backwards in their own half. Direct football, getting the ball into the danger area through crosses and through balls and a balance of attacking and defending play is how he wins games but most importantly Franks teams are not afraid to shoot. This is a factor which I have missed whilst watching Everton over the past 2/3 years. With the Dutchman, the players won’t shy away from shooting from outside the box and it is this which I think the likes of Ross Barkley would greatly benefit.
Again, unlike Martinez, De Boer has a plan B. Frank is not one to let stubbornness cost his team points. If it isn’t working, then he will do something about it. He is believed to take his defensive tactics from United boss Louis Van Gaal, and as the Manchester club can boast the joint best defense in the league this PL campaign, that can only be a good thing. If he became the Everton manager the under-21’s and youth system would certainly not be ignored, which is a risk with Mourinho, as with limited finance at Ajax it meant that he had to rely on young talent brought through the ranks… Not bad for a team who knocked both
Manchester City and Barcelona out of the Champions League…
I think Frank de Boer would be a great appointment by the Toffees and would certainly set them back on the tracks to greatness after a depressing couple of seasons but I also think it could convince some players like Lukaku to stick with the blues as he wouldn’t want to miss out on something special with the new era of Everton. Then again… strikers are replaceable and for £65 mill I don’t think Romelu would be that sorely missed…