Roberto Martinez Promises Everton a Champions League Spot

Roberto Martinez has set the bar high for his first season in charge, by promising Everton Champions League qualification.

Chairman Bill Kenwright revealed Martinez’s ambitions shortly after announcing the Spaniards appointment on a four-year-deal at Goodison Park.

“When David [Moyes] first came to see me, we were in a bad state. His first words were, ‘we are not going down’. Roberto’s first words were, ‘I will get you into the Champions League’.” Kenwright stated. (quotes via BBC)

Former Wigan boss Martinez is replacing David Moyes who is taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. Moyes spend 11-years with Everton, consistently placing the club in the top half of the table with very little in the budget to spend each summer.

However Moyes was never able to guide the club to the Champions League. The closest he came was a 4-2 aggregate defeat to Villarreal in a group-stage qualifier in 2005.

Following the Chairman’s announcement, Martinez declared that the decision to take over at Everton was an easy one, and that the club needs to keep ‘building’.

“The chairman has not put any pressure on me. It is simple to take this job, really. The fans need to know they are the most important part of this club, and I will need them. What David Moyes has done is set a real high standard. We need to make sure we are a winning side and a strong side, who can carry on achieving more. Finishing in the top six was a magnificent achievement, and we need to keep building if we want to improve on that.”

While Martinez believes that there is little pressure on him from the chairman, promising Champions League football to the Goodison faithful might have different repercussions.

Martinez began his managerial career at Swansea City in 2007 where he quickly became known for an attractive brand of soccer. He attempted to transfer that ideology to Wigan in 2009 and historically won the FA Cup this season after beating Manchester City in the Final. However flirting with relegation for too long cost the team, and they were finally demoted to the Championship in what was a bitter sweet season for the club.

Do you believe that Champions League soccer is a realistic goal for the club next season? Comment below.

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  1. Roscoe says:

    Two hopes: bob hope and no hope. Minor problems: Man U, Man City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool. Martinez will not even match Moyes, 8th – 10th at best. At worst, battling relegation. Tiki taka with average players doesn’t work, Wigan being the prime example.

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