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Martinez Promises UCL Qualification at Everton

At Roberto Martinez’s unveiling as Everton’s new coach on Wednesday, club Chairman Bill Kenwright revealed that the Spaniard’s first words during the job interview were to boldly proclaim that he would guide the Liverpool club to the UEFA Champions League, something that former coach David Moyes failed to achieve in 11 seasons (Everton did finish in the Premier League’s top four once during Moyes tenure, but then it failed to make it through preliminary UCL qualifying).

Martinez’s bold claim is also wonderfully juxtaposed with Moyes’ first words to Kenwright when he took the job in March 2002: “You will not be relegated.” But the 39-year-old, who guided Wigan Athletic to FA Cup glory this season, has a different way of looking at things: "I do feel you should have a dream in football," he said. "I started at Swansea and I always said we needed to get the club into the Premier League. That sounded obscene when we were in League One. Then, I went to Wigan and said the aim should be European football."

Martinez says that part of the reason he was attracted to Everton is the fact that the club has only ever had 14 managers in its history, indicating that the Spaniard will be given something that not many Premier League managers are offered these days: time. "With time you can achieve anything," he said. "We do not have the money of other competing clubs [Everton's turnover is half of Liverpool's] but we do have an incredible platform that David Moyes has created."

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