Roberto Martinez talks of 'huge pressure' at Everton yet vows to take new side into the Champions League
The former Wigan boss has agreed a four-year contract at Goodison Park
Roberto Martinez has admitted he will be under “huge pressure” after he was confirmed as the new manager of Everton.
Yet during his unveiling he was quick to speak of lofty ambitions, claiming his aim at Goodison Park is to get the club into the Champions League.
The former Wigan boss has signed a four-year deal, with the club confirming his appointment in a short statement earlier this afternoon.
"Everton Football Club is today delighted to confirm the appointment of Roberto Martinez as its next manager," it read.
Addressing a press conference, Martinez spoke of his pride at succeeding David Moyes, who left the club to become the Manchester United manager.
"It is a real special day to come to Everton and have this feeling already of excitement and honour and I'd like to thank the chairman (Bill Kenwright) for this opportunity," he said at his unveiling.
"There is huge pressure but I am extremely proud of that pressure because it means what David Moyes did in 11 years is set high standards and lay an incredible platform.
"I feel lucky to be able to carry on that work. He has given Everton an identity and an incredible standard and all I want to do is be humble and hard-working enough to take this magnificent job to the next level."
Asked why he had chosen now to leave Wigan, having turned down Aston Villa and Liverpool previously he added: "It is simple: it came in a natural way.
"It has been a phenomenal time at Wigan but after four seasons this was the right time and I knew Everton was the right club.
"It has been a natural transition to be involved in such an exciting club."
Martinez said his aim was to get Everton into the Champions League - which Moyes managed just once during his reign - but that it would not be immediate.
"We have a very strong team and over the next few months we need to get together and make sure we are a winning side.
"Finishing in the top six was magnificent for Everton but we need to achieve more.
"There are six (Premier League) teams who are competing at a different financial level to the others.
"What is true is not always you need the money to achieve your aims.
"The aim for Everton should be to get into the Champions League. That doesn't mean next season but that has to be the aim for the future.
"It is not going to happen overnight. In football you need to be creative, find a way to be creative.
"We want to be involved in Europe and the Champions League, and we have to have the dream to fight for."
Kenwright said the first time he met Martinez he was virtually convinced he was the right man.
"When David (Moyes) first came to see me, he sat down 11 years ago and we were in a bad state, and he said 'we're not going down'," said Kenwright.
"Almost Roberto's first words to me were 'I'll get you in the Champions League'."
One of Martinez's first jobs will be to persuade the likes of Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini, both linked with summer moves away, to stay at the club.
Kenwright insists no players have asked to leave and he is confident that will remain so. He also pledged to back his new manager financially.
"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," Kenwright 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."
Kenwright, who revealed he went to last month's FA Cup final to assess Martinez, was instantly impressed by the Spaniard.
"I'm not going to say to you it was like David Moyes, who got me in 30 seconds, he took at least 45 seconds," he added.
"He showed me how he beat Manchester City at Wembley. I'd gone there to look at Roberto.
"He understands the game and he understands Everton. When you know, you know.
"We did discuss at the first meeting we didn't want the standards and position David had achieved to slip. We wanted to build from that and that is the only statement we made.
"I have to play my part in it too. I don't want to be the man who asks him to come here and get Champions League unless I can support you.
"Myself and the board will be doing all we can to support Roberto."
Everton chief executive Robert Elstone was also delighted with the appointment.
"We have a top manager, we have an 'Everton' manager - which was important to us but I am also excited to give Roberto the support for what he needs to achieve," he said.
"Our objectives are all about what happens on the field. It is all directed towards Roberto."
Martinez has been linked with moves for some of his former players like midfielder James McCarthy and forwards Arouna Kone and ex-Everton youth team prospect Callum McManaman.
"There is always a normal assumption that when a manager moves on he will bring those players along," said the new Toffees boss.
"It would be a big mistake to look at the manager's previous team.
"We have to look at the whole range, world football is a big market."
Martinez had been in talks with the club for the past few days after Everton agreed a compensation deal with Wigan, which is thought to be in the region of £1.5m.
Wigan owner Dave Whelan immediately backed Martinez to succeed under his new employers.
"Roberto would start work at seven or eight o'clock in the morning and he would still be there at seven o'clock at night," he told Sky Sports News.
"He organises all kinds of things; he's so interested in the youngsters coming through. He's dedicated to players coming through at the age of 14, 15 - he wants them to play for the club he represents. I'm sure he'll pick that up at Everton because Everton do run a super youth scheme.
"I think he will be perfect for that. He's a wonderful guy, very honest and he gives you 150 per cent totally."
"We're sorry to lose him but I'm delighted he has gone to Everton.
"I wish him the very best of luck."
The moment it was confirmed that Moyes was the new manager of United, Martinez became the firm favourite to take the hot seat at Goodison Park.
In his most recent season, he oversaw Wigan's relegation from the Premier League. However, he also guided them to their first ever FA Cup triumph in a season of contrasting fortunes.
Despite Wigan's relegation, Martinez's stock has remained high due to his teams' attractive style of football and ability to work on a relatively stringent budget, both of which appealed to the Goodison hierarchy.
The 39-year-old Spaniard was among a shortlist of three, which is understood to have also included Porto's Vitor Pereira and former Schalke coach Ralf Rangnick.
He becomes the first new manager at Goodison Park for 11 years.
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