December 11 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Everton boss Roberto Martinez is already pleading for patience from the Toffees’ fans ahead of his first Premier League match at the helm since successding David Moyes against the Canaries.
Moyes had been at Goodison Parl 11 years before moving on to champions Manchester United and the FA Cup-winning Spaniard is hoping for some early leeway in his managerial reign on Merseyside.
“Any period where you want to change things, that’s going to take a little bit of time. I’m trying to get to know what the fans want and look through the DNA of Everton, and that’s important for me,” he said. “I think we are very good at things but to achieve things you need to be outstanding at something and that takes time. When you’re trying to take that next step, the changes need to be difficult to achieve, otherwise you will never get the benefit. It’s just having the patience and the togetherness of understanding the period we’re going through, but at the same time being able to enjoy it and making sure we’re still competitive and winning football games while that happens.”
Martinez beleives his struggles at the opposite end of the Premier League with relegated Wigan can actually help him at Everton.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re fighting to get a top position in the table or to avoid relegation, every game matters, so it’s not a real different feeling,” he said. “But embracing the challenge of being at a big club like Everton in terms of the expectations, understanding the responsibility and the history that we bring with our name, that is a very exciting part of the position that I’m in.”
Martinez has raided the Latics for the likes of Arouna Kone and Antolin Alcaraz and the Everton chief has been impressed by Chris Hughton’s forays into the summer market.
“I do feel this Norwich side probably is the best that’s it’s been in the Premier League. They’ve kept a very good core of players but they added really well. We do expect a really tough fixture,” he said. “It’s going to be an important season for them. Once you get promoted into the Premier League you have to stay there and then that gives you a different outlook and way of working with your budget.
“I think they have done that really well and have brought good players into the side, some of those with experience of European football and good, young potential. Carrow Road is always a difficult place to go and get a result and I don’t think that is going to be any different.”