So the question needs to be asked, has Martinez got what it takes to deliver ambitions of this re-awakened giant? At the moment the answer appears to be a clear and obvious no. However with seven league games left in the season, including a Merseyside Derby, and a F.A Cup semi final looming over the horizon, Martinez will hope he still has the opportunities to prove his growing list of critics wrong...
Three years is more than a fair period of time for a manager to prove themselves in the ever more short-termist way that people approach modern football. Everton just cannot afford to let this opportunity to bridge the gap to the big clubs pass them by and potentially waste £100million on another disappointing season by putting faith in a boss who's had plenty of resources and has still shown that he's not up to it.
Everton are my favourite team in the Premier League right now. They may not be top of the table, or even in the top half. They may concede far too many goals. They may, as so many fans and pundits point out, be a soft touch. But no other side is as capable of beating the opposition as they are in my opinion.
The fans have got a point, though. They want answers. Like why, as the rest of the Premier League's clubs tuck into their share of the record £5.136 *billion* TV rights deal, are Everton heading into the final two weeks of this transfer window having spent less money on players than Championship sides Derby, Middlesbrough and Sheffield Wednesday?
The former Wigan star has emerged as one of Everton's most important players since joining last September. His injury was felt on Sunday and the Toffees need McCarthy fighting fit sooner rather than later if they are to mount a serious challenge for a top four finish.
This season Roberto Martinez's team have found it hard to replicate the kind of form that took them to the brink of breaking into the notoriously exclusive top four for just the second time. Despite an indifferent start, however, the Toffees have improved of late and the tightness of the league table so far means that a similar challenge could be on the cards in 2014/15.
Nearly a fifth of the way through the league campaign already and Everton are sitting in 17th with just one win. It's not what fans would have expected after such a bright first season under Martinez.
Louis van Gaal lauded Manchester United matchwinner David de Gea for "saving" his side during a slender 2-1 win over Everton
Tony Hibbert was in deep conversation with Muhamed Bešić as early as the sixth minute. Bešić, maybe not the only one baffled
The talk at the start of the season was that Everton had done the best summer business they possibly could have done - possibly the smartest in the league. They were, it was said, serious top four contenders and they'd trouble the best sides over and over again. After three games, they've reached the lofty heights of 17th in the Premier League.