The Metro say that Everton Chairman and theatre impresario Bill Kenwright has switched his focus from Roberto Martinez to Ralf Rangnick in the difficult task of choosing the coach who will take over from David Moyes.
Wigan coach Martinez had previously been the favourite to succeed Moyes, after leading his Latics side to victory against the odds against Manchester City in the FA Cup Final. Apparently, Rangnick flew into London earlier this week to hold talks with Kenwright.
Such was the impression that the German coach, who currently serves as Sporting Director for both RB Leipzig and Red Bull Salzburg, has reportedly moved ahead of Martinez in the running, at least in terms of Kenwright’s th0ughts.
But who would be a better match for the Toffees? Roberto Martinez was put forward by any as the ideal successor to David Moyes once Alex Ferguson retired, and set the managerial game of musical chairs in motion. However, the Spaniard taking over from David Moyes is not as convenient a transition as many in the media made out.
Martinez’s philosophy and tactical approach contrast greatly with the style formed by Moyes in his decade in charge of ‘the people’s club’. His Everton sides were always characterised by great teamwork, solidity and determination. They often performed admirably yet when faced with eminently winnable games often seemed to slip up.
Martinez’s Wigan side were not known for defensive solidity whatsoever- in fact the opposite. A constant feature of Wigan’s play was poor defending, especially from set pieces. This seems strange in light of Kenwright’s admission he wanted a coach to continue the work Moyes had done since moving from Preston in 2002. If anything the appointment of Roberto Martinez would be a great departure from this style.
Ralf Rangnick is not necessarily associated with a specific style of play, especially when compared with Roberto Martinez and his devotion to an innovative, attractive 3-5-2 system. He is something of a journeyman manager, having coached at Stuttgart, Hannover, Schalke and Hoffenheim.
At most of these clubs he did quite well for a couple of years before being sacked. This is another curious departure from Kenwright’s implication that he desired a new long term manager to repeat David Moyes’ time in the job. Rangnick has never set the world alight but is highly regarded for his coaching methods, which are reportedly popular amongst his players.