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Jags Raring To Go


Everton captain Phil Jagielka says he cannot wait to begin working with new manager Roberto Martinez.

The pair will link up at the start of pre-season, with the Spanish boss set to begin his reign at Goodison Park from 1 July.

And Jagielka admits he is keen to make a positive mark on the 39-year-old when the Everton squad reconvene after their summer break.

“It’s always exciting when a new manager joins a football club,” Jagielka told

“You never quite know what to expect but all you can do as a player is keep working hard, keep doing what you do best and hope that it will be enough to impress the new man.

“I don’t know a great deal about the new gaffer personally, but whenever our paths have crossed he always seems to be a really nice guy.

“I am sure our fans will welcome him with open arms. He has a very good CV as a manager and he obviously impressed the chairman enough for him to be offered the Everton job. I am really looking forward to working with him.”

Martinez was unveiled to the media at a press conference at Goodison Park on Wednesday afternoon.

Having listened to the new man outline his plans for the future, Jagielka says he is now eagerly anticipating 19 June – the date when the fixtures for the 2013/14 season are released.

He added: “Of course, there will be a bit of uncertainty amongst the lads at first. You never quite know if you’re the new manager’s type of player but he mentioned me as his captain when he spoke to the press so that was nice to hear.

“We don’t yet know how he will work, how he will do things, but it’s part and parcel of being a footballer. Managers, just like players, come and go and changes are made along the way.  

“We’ve got a great squad of players and I am sure one or two more will join us before the start of the season, so it’s up to us to make sure the boss gets off to a good start.

“It makes the fixture announcement later this month all the more exciting.”

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