Coleman Heralds Martinez Impact

Everton defender Seamus Coleman, who was named in the PFA team of the year for last campaign, has heralded the impact of manager Roberto Martinez. Everton looked to have reached their potential – for the budget they have – under David Moyes and it was feared that the club would slip from the high standards when the Scot left the club last summer in order to join Manchester United. Roberto Martinez came to the club after having just experienced a relegation with Wigan, but he has managed to take the club to even greater heights.

Everton almost reached the top four, which would have been the first time since 2004, after a spectacular campaign and it was only in the last few matches that they lost out on this place to Arsenal. Coleman has been a major reason towards this impressive form. Despite being a right back, he has been continuously involved in the attack, as Martinez’ 3-5-2 formation helped him go forward with freedom. Everton finished the season in the fifth place, which will see the return of Europa League football to Goodison Park.

Even though in previous years they have qualified for Europe, it has not been achieved in such a brilliant fashion when they have played good football throughout the season.
"He introduced himself to everyone on the first day and let me know his thoughts for the season and what he thought I could do. I loved it from day one, really. He told me to keep going from where I left off last season and he would put his bits into my game. I've gone to another level in terms of goals. It's something that I was missing so hopefully I can score some next season as well. As a full-back, your job is to defend,” said the right back.