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Everton boss Martinez: Kenwright didn't believe in top four

Everton boss Roberto Martinez admits they're surprising chairman Bill Kenwright over their run to the top four.

Martinez says Kenwright needed convincing that it was possible to reach the Champions League - even if the chairman put him on the spot on his first day.

"At the press conference it was a little bit too early to say we would be challenging because I hadn't even told my players about the vision," the Everton boss said.

"It was a little bit - 'I don't know how the players are going to react to this!'

"I expected to be the one to slowly unfold the plans, not just give it on the first day, and my worry was how the group would react.

"You have a new manager who walks in and says we're going to get into the Champions League, even though that has to be our aim long term.

"You always have to be driven by a vision at Everton, there are no excuses in football and you have to have that drive.

"The chairman has reminded me about it as the season has gone on because at the beginning he didn't believe it was possible.

"So I think it was three or four months into the season and he was starting to believe."

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