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New Boss Aiming High

by Adam Clark @efc_adamclark

Roberto Martinez has set his sights on Champions League football – but warned his goal will not be achieved overnight.

Martinez was unveiled as the Club's new manager on Wednesday afternoon after he agreed a four-year deal.

The Spaniard immediately praised the work of his predecessor David Moyes in building a side capable of challenging for Europe.

He now hopes he can discover the formula to take the Club forward and bring regular continental action back to Goodison Park.

"Evertonians will look at the future and want to be involved in Europe and the Champions League, but that is going to take a process and a few steps along the way,” he said. “But we need to always have that dream to fight for.

"You need to understand the timescale. Six teams are competing on a different financial level to the other clubs and that shows you what Everton has achieved over the last few seasons. It's incredible.

“What is true is that you don't always need the money to achieve your aims - the only thing you need is the time and to be patient enough and hard-working.

"Obviously the aim of Everton Football Club should be to get into the Champions League. That doesn't mean next season, that doesn't mean it will be the next competition we go into.

"But that has to be the aim of the football club for the future.

"I think Everton has an incredible history and tradition and the work that David Moyes has done at this football club has built a platform that for the next few years we should be dreaming of those Champions League spots. It has to be the dream.

“At a club you have to be moved by an ambition. If you don’t think high, you’ll never achieve. It’s not going to be easy but we need to have those dreams."

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