As Everton struggle to live up to expectations after a stellar first campaign under Roberto Martinez there is a temptation to rewrite history regarding his predecessor.
It’s easy to see why there are those on the terraces pining for David Moyes – the out of sorts Toffees currently have the Premier League’s second-leakiest defence.
Sitting in 13th place after 20 games, they are just four points above the relegation zone, with the former Wigan boss 9/1 in the top flight sack-race betting.
However, while the Scot’s more pragmatic approach may seem like the silver bullet right now, he presided over many similarly dire spells during his lengthy reign on Merseyside.
Radio phone-ins are being rung off the boards with those bemoaning Martinez as a ‘streaky manager’ whose side look a shadow of the chassis he inherited from Moyes.
Yet, Everton were also a massively hot and cold side under the now-Real Sociedad manager, entering their final 18 league games below the division’s half-way point five times in his ten full campaigns at the helm.
As recently as 2010/11 they were in 13th place at this point in the season, with an even smaller cushion between them and the Premier League drop zone.
Martinez repeatedly coaxed excellent seasonal second-halves from his troops while at Wigan and there is little to say that he cannot do so again at Everton.
As recently 2011/12, the last season in which they avoided relegation under the Spaniard, the Latics claimed 28 of their 43 points between their 21st game and the end of term.
While his style of accruing them may be different from that of his predecessor, there is little reason to suggest at this early stage that Martinez is subjecting his employers to anything they hadn’t suffered under Moyes.
Everton are 31/10 to amass three more points against Manchester City as their battle to defy 28/1 relegation odds continues.