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by Adam Clark @efc_adamclark

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Former Everton captain Kevin Campbell has backed the appointment of Roberto Martinez as manager and expects the Blues to be an even greater threat under the incoming Spaniard.

Martinez was confirmed as the successor to David Moyes on Wednesday afternoon and will officially begin his tenure on 1 July.

And Campbell, who notched 51 goals in 164 games for the Club, is excited by the 39-year-old's arrival from Wigan.

“It will be fascinating," he said. "I think he’ll be a breath of fresh air, I really do.

"The way he plays the game, the fans are going to like the style, and I think the players are going to improve, and that’s really important.

“There will be a bit more attacking play. Everton have earned their spurs [in recent seasons], the players have done really well defensively and it won’t harm the team to be a bit more expansive going forward.

“The restrictions will be removed from some of the players. Everton have wonderfully gifted players and I think he [Martinez] will give them a new lease of life. It would be nice to see the team score more goals."

Under Martinez’s predecessor, Everton achieved nine top-eight Premier League finishes in 11 years.

Campbell says the challenge for the new man is to build on that and bring regular European football back to Goodison Park.

He added: “Everton have to be looking at a Champions League spot. Under Moyes they broke the monopoly and got in there, and over the years they’ve proved they can beat the top sides.

“Under Martinez they can be a bit more expansive and score more goals and that will make them even more dangerous.

"Being tough to beat is ingrained in them, but scoring more goals could make a massive difference.”

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