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Barry Horne believes Roberto Martinez will enjoy a successful reign as Everton manager.

The Spaniard was announced as the Club’s new boss on Wednesday afternoon after agreeing a four-year contract.

And Horne is convinced the Blues have selected the right man for the job after undergoing a thorough recruitment process.

“They’ve taken a reasonable amount of time and Bill Kenwright has considered several candidates, taken reasonable time to come to this decision and they’ve done it properly,” explained the former Blues midfielder.

“Time will tell whether Roberto Martinez will be a success at Everton, and I think he will. He certainly ticks many of the boxes of what would be required of an Everton manager.”

In just his second season as a manager, Martinez guided Swansea City into the Championship by securing the League One title in 2008, while the 39-year-old lifted more silverware with Wigan Athletic by winning last season’s FA Cup.

Horne is now looking forward to seeing how Martinez can stamp his much-lauded attacking style of play on Everton.

He said: “There is no reason whatsoever that his managerial skills cannot be transferred from a team who struggles to a team who looks the other way.

“He’s shown that he’s willing to promote youth with the likes of [James] McArthur, [James] McCarthy and [Callam] McManaman of late and he’s also shown that he can go to the transfer market and get good value like he has done with [Arouna] Kone.

“He’s loyal, which is a requirement, hence the commitment to a four-year deal.”

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