Martinez delighted to swap Wigan for Everton

Roberto Martinez has shown his gratitude for being handed the Everton managerial role.

Roberto Martinez has shown his gratitude for being handed the Everton managerial role.

The Spaniard has been signed on a four-year deal from Wigan Athletic and is already looking forward to repaying the faith shown by the toffees hierarchy.

"This is a really special day to come to Everton Football Club. The feeling already is one of excitement and honour," said Martinez.

"I want to thank the Chairman (Bill Kenwright) and the Board for giving me this opportunity. This is a phenomenal and passionate football club, and I can't wait to start.

"It's been a phenomenal time at Wigan, and I enjoyed every second of it, but after four years it was the right time.

"After I met the Chairman, I knew that Everton was the right football club so it has been a natural transition. It's the right time now to be involved in such an exciting challenge."

Former Swansea City boss Martinez added: "The Chairman hasn't put any pressure on me - he says that he wants to get into the Champions League! It was quite simple to take the job. The fans need to know they are the most important part of this football club and we will need them.

"We can carry on looking to achieve more. Finishing in the top six was a magnificent achievement for Everton and we need to carry on building if we want to improve on that."

 

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