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Kendall: Everton Will Entertain

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Howard Kendall believes Roberto Martinez's penchant for attractive football will prove a hit with Everton fans.

The Spaniard begins work with his squad at Finch Farm later this week ahead of the new Premier League season which commences at Norwich City on August 17.

Martinez will take to the home dugout at Goodison Park for the first time seven days later when West Bromwich Albion travel to Merseyside.

And Kendall, a three-time Blues boss, says the fans will back Martinez’s methods – like they have with previous occupants of the managerial hotseat.

“I think he will learn that the fans will get behind him, without a shadow of doubt,” Kendall told evertontv.

“Although they very much appreciated David Moyes and what he achieved, I think they will take to him because of his approach to the players and the way they will play.

“If Everton perform with the same commitment with the new manager, which I’m sure they will, he will be fine.”

In an in-depth interview with evertontv last month, Martinez explained it was vital that Everton’s playing squad are supported by a ‘really important influence of the good, strong values that our football club represents’.

The Spaniard revealed his intentions to sit down with Phil Neville to discuss the former Blues captain’s future plans, and registered his disappointment at losing David Weir from the Club’s backroom team after the 43-year-old decided to embark on his own managerial career at Sheffield United.

Former Toffees Alan Stubbs, Alan Irvine, Duncan Ferguson and Kevin Sheedy – who boast a combined total of 914 Blues appearances between them – are all members of the Club’s coaching staff.

Yet Kendall, 67, says it’s important for Martinez to augment this existing Everton knowledge with his own trusted lieutenants.

Chief Executive Robert Elstone revealed last week that new backroom appointments could be expected in the near future with the Club ‘working hard’ to bring Martinez’s own team to Goodison.

“It’s important to have someone who you have been working with,” added Kendall. “With David Moyes taking two or three with him to Manchester United, there are vacancies.

“I’m sure that he [Martinez] would have done that anyhow but it’s important that a new manager brings someone with him who has worked with him and knows his methods.”

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