The microscope will be firmly fixed on Everton in the upcoming campaign to see if they can match, or better, their exploits from the previous year. In a way, Martínez faces the prospect of enduring his own form of 'second season syndrome'.
Is this really what football has been reduced to? A means of peddling crap we don't need, laundering the reputations of morally questionable companies and encouraging us to gamble away what little money we have left at the end of it all?
Two years ago Manchester City became the first team to win a Premier League title on goal difference. After their first win at Everton since 2009 they look likely to repeat that feat.
There is plenty to discuss and argue over regarding the XI players selected by their fellow professionals as the best performers over the current campaign. What better to add fuel to the fire than WhoScored's statistically calculated team of the season so far?
One of the most common sights at the denouement of the last few Premier League seasons is that of a North London club huffing and puffing around the last Champions League spot. This season, however, Spurs are out of the picture and it's Everton snapping at Arsenal's heels, hunting for their first top four finish since 2005.
Two decades of disappointment and dismay for The Kop are close to becoming a thing of the past. Whilst the faithful cohorts of other clubs such as Manchester United and Chelsea may disagree, this could be a blessing for English football. The Premier League has been looking for a shake-up and Liverpool winning the league may provide just that.
Tonight, the two Rugby League teams in Hull will square off in the sport's Super League. Fans of both clubs will doubtless spend time before and after the match drinking together, some will mingle and sit together during the game as banter and honour are exchanged and battled for...
Never has a Premier League season began with so many managerial changes at such high profile clubs. Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement at the age of 71 started a chain reaction that saw David Moyes being given the unenviable task of following in the greatest manager's footsteps.
Financial plight, potential profit, increased exposure or a passion to be involved in the "beautiful game" are just some of the reasons why investors choose to takeover and plough funds into a football club. But is a takeover always a good thing?
It was an international debut to remember for Andros Townsend with a man of the match performance against Montenegro and a brilliant solo goal to boot. He has shown England fans that despite criticisms of the system, promising young players are making it through and impressing.
You can judge for yourselves where the racism and hate speech is coming from. Calling someone a "Yido" is a bit different to singing songs about the holocaust and gas chambers. It is not us who should be getting the finger pointed at it is the other clubs and the evidence is there.
There are worrying signs already for the inheritor of the poisoned chalice that is the Old Trafford hot-seat. David Moyes has been gathering his own people about him as he sets forth to put his own stamp on the Man U machine - but Moyes will be grimly aware that The Ghost of Alex Ferguson Past is the least of his worries.
Moyes is an intelligent guy, and I believe he has the strength of character, intellect and most of all, ability to command respect, to adjust to becoming the flag bearer for arguably the biggest football business on the planet.
Like many, I've never been the biggest 'Fergie Fan'. However, on the pitch, his United teams have far surpassed anything we have ever seen. The man from Glasgow has taken Manchester United, and turned them into a dynasty. The like of which me won't see again.
The nauseating bone-deep gash to his thigh was not the only thing that would have had Wayne Rooney grimacing on Saturday last.
The main event of Sky Sports' Super Sunday was a contest between two teams trying to adapt to new systems, with somewhat mixed results.