Daily Debate: Rodgers or Martinez?

In today's Daily Debate two of TEAMtalk's writers discuss who is the top manager on Merseyside: Brendan Rodgers or Roberto Martinez.

Last Updated: 17/09/14 at 15:53 Post Comment

Brendan Rodgers & Roberto Martinez: Preparing for Saturday's Merseyside

Brendan Rodgers & Roberto Martinez: Preparing for Saturday's Merseyside

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Top manager on Merseyside - Rodgers or Martinez?

Tom McDermott (@FootballMcD) for Rodgers

It is rare in the high pressure environment of the Premier League to be given time in order to succeed.

But, just as he did at Swansea City, Brendan Rodgers is proving yet again that he is one of Europe's brightest young managers.

After what can only be described as a slow first 12 months in charge, Liverpool have enjoyed one of their brightest starts to a season and are well placed to challenge for a Champions League spot at the very least.

What has impressed most about Rodgers, is not only his tactical approach to games, but his shrewd dealings in the transfer market and his ability to get the best out of players who elsewhere weren't necessarily performing exceptionally for their club.

Across Stanley Park at Everton there is little doubt that Roberto Martinez has carried on the good work that David Moyes started, but Rodgers' knack of improving a club from top to bottom year on year whilst sticking to its traditions sets him apart.

And, he might just be the man to catapult the Merseysiders back to the top of domestic and European football.

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Rob McCarthy for Martinez

I genuinely believe that this is a very tight one to call at this moment in time.

Although I admire the work that Rodgers is doing at Anfield, at this point in their respective managerial careers it is Martinez who deserves more of the plaudits.

Having enjoyed tremendous success with Swansea it was inevitable that the Premier League would come calling and the move to the club where he enjoyed great times as a player soon ensued.

Despite only having a 29% win rate during his time at Wigan, Martinez did the near impossible by keeping them up year on year with limited funds compared to many teams around them.

His Latics were often easy on the eye but prodimenently had a soft centre. Despite this Martinez somehow managed to coax something special out of his troops when it came to playing the big boys at The DW - producing some memorable wins over Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United.

His time with the Latics ultimately ended in relegation, but not before his side had recorded a remarkable FA Cup final win over Manchester City, thoroughly outplaying their big-spending neighbours on one of the biggest football stages that there is.

Everton have so far reaped the benefits of Martinez's managerial style, with the Toffees playing some decent stuff in a start to the season that has seen them lose only one of their first 11 games, conceding just 10 goals into the bargain.

And given how tight I think it is between the two Merseyside chiefs, my thinking comes down to who has won what at this stage of their careers - and for that reason it has to be Martinez that sneaks the decision on points.

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o Brendan is full of sh!t, who'd have thought it eh?

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resumably, you wanted to keep the version of Downing that was never seen at Anfield. The one that another manager has managed to re-create. The one you passed over.

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Rodgers: I wanted to keep Downing

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he uber commercialisation of the 90s has led to the point where this overly familar, try hard, jolly hockey sticks type fronts up a major football match on a weekly basis. Unlike the great presenters of yesteryear, I doubt he would even recognise the scent of Brut.

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