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Everton winger McGeady praises Martinez

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By Jonathan Nightingale

Sunday 09 March 2014

Everton winger Aiden McGeady has praised the managerial ability of current boss Roberto Martinez and believes he has the talent to manage one of the Premier Leagues biggest clubs, Sky Sports has reported.


Martinez replaced Manchester United bound David Moyes at the Goodison Park helm this season after his four years at Wigan ended in FA Cup triumph but also relegation from the Premier League.

The Spaniard has received high praise this season for the brand of football on offer at Everton following a strong showing in his debut season and he has quickly impressed January acquisition McGeady.

The former Celtic winger has hailed his new boss as ‘different class’ and is confident Martinez can go onto big things.

"The gaffer here is different class," said McGeady.

"It's great to be working with someone like him because I have seen the way players have developed under him.

"Tactically, he is one of the best I have ever worked with. He knows what he is talking about and it would not surprise me if he landed a job with one of the biggest clubs in the country, or the world."

The Irishman, who joined from Spartak Moscow in January, pinpointed last month’s game against Aston Villa as a sign of Martinez’s tactical knowledge.

McGeady added: “They were playing 3-5-2 and he kept telling me not to track back so their wing-back would be occupied by me.

"I was standing on the touchline thinking, 'This is a bit strange, I feel lazy'. Fans were looking at me as I was letting guys run past me and I looked at the manager and asked, 'Is this okay?'

"He just said, 'I don't care what is being said, don't track back, we want you for the counter-attacks'. It just shows how clever he is."

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