New Everton manager, Roberto Martinez
New Everton manager Roberto Martinez promised to guide the club to
Champions League qualification, chairman Bill Kenwright has revealed.
Former Wigan boss Martinez, 39, has been appointed on a four-year
contract at Goodison Park.
Kenwright said: "When [former manager] David [Moyes] first came to see
me, we were in a bad state. His first words, were, 'we are not going
"Roberto's first words were, 'I will get you into the Champions League'."
The Spaniard replaces David Moyes, who is taking over from Sir Alex
Ferguson at Premier League champions Manchester United, reports the
During the Scot's 11-year stay with the Toffees he was unable to lead
them to Europe's premier club competition, losing a group-stage
qualifier to Spanish side Villarreal 4-2 on aggregate in 2005.
Following Kenwright's declaration, Martinez stated Everton needed "to
keep building" on his predecessor's success.
"The chairman has not put any pressure on me," he said. "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
"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."