Graham Ruthven, writing for Bleacher Report:
It’s true that Moyes’ exit for United probably came at a good time for Everton. Under the Scot the Toffees had stagnated somewhat; Martinez’s appointment brought a welcome burst of flair and imagination.
And with the spine of Moyes’ squad still in place and in working order, coupled with a stream of fresh ideas from Martinez, Everton thrived last season. But with every fixture the Toffees seem to move farther away from the values and footballing principles Moyes instilled in 11 years at Goodison Park.
I’ve said it from the start of last season: Martinez isn’t as good as touted and Moyes is better than the bile that was thrown his way. Neither are top four coaches, both have their strengths, but neither are of the caliber needed for a Champions League team.
Now that Martinez is losing the benefit of Moyes’s defence Everton are struggling—they are still a fine attacking unit, but they will concede as Wigan did.