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Roberto Martinez feels he can fit in quickly at Goodison Park

Updated: Thursday, 06 Jun 2013 07:53 | Comments

Roberto Martinez signs autographs outside Goodison Park
Roberto Martinez signs autographs outside Goodison Park

New manager Roberto Martinez already feels at home at Everton and believes he is privileged to have the opportunity to take charge of the club.

The Spaniard has signed a four-year contract to take over from Manchester United-bound David Moyes, and while he sees similarities with his other jobs in football, he knows this one is different.

"I know what it means to play for this club in terms of the amount of families (involved) and passion which comes across, so I understand how honoured I am to have this position," said the 39-year-old, who left Wigan after four years.

"I can't describe it but when we (Wigan) played here in the quarter-final of the FA Cup (winning 3-0), there was a feeling that you can develop and know you belong and, funnily enough, now I can start exploring it and finding out what the fans want.

"It is very important in modern football not to lose the real values in the modern game and it is important to understand the fans, and Everton have really strong football values with an incredible passion.

"When I arrived at Goodison, I got that feeling right away. I know I can fit in quickly and feel part of it straight away."

"But it is a real privilege to walk into this dressing room and a club which has been so well run over the last few years.

"What we want is the players that are here feel really appreciated and important for the next project, and that is all I am focused on" - Roberto Martinez

"I walked into Wigan and Swansea and it was a very different type of job that I started in both clubs."

A close association with his chairman is vitally important to Martinez.

He had it at Wigan with Dave Whelan, who first signed him as a player, and he hopes to have it with Bill Kenwright at Goodison.

"You look at his relationship with the previous manager and I had that at Wigan," Martinez added.
"That is important and I do believe in human relationships allowing to work in football.

"The chairman really showed a passion for the club from day one, which was quite impressive, and Everton gives me a special feeling."

Martinez is confident he can retain the club's in-demand stars, like midfielder Marouane Fellaini and England left-back Leighton Baines, and fulfil a Champions League dream.

"I can't wait to speak with the players and get to work with them because I feel really excited working with these players," he said.

"In the game when you are successful - and Everton were clearly successful last season - you will always get good performers who attract interest from other clubs.

"That not only happens here, it happens at every football club in the land and abroad, so we're not worried about that.

"What we want is the players that are here feel really appreciated and important for the next project, and that is all I am focused on.

"If we get players who can move on that is normal in the game, but clearly we need to invest and bring players in which will allow us to start next season with a stronger side than ended the campaign, and that is always the aim in any club."

Kenwright has already promised to back his new manager as best he can financially this summer.

"I'll give him a few quid to spend. The others are not for sale. We don't want them to go, they have worked massively hard for this club," he said.

"Roberto doesn't want them to go, he has all their numbers and he will be on the phone asking them not to go.

"Not one person has even half-indicated they want to go.

"I am confident that squad, plus some Roberto signings, will form this club's squad for next season."

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