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Kenwright: Exciting Times Ahead

'I'm thrilled, excited, buoyed and in awe,' says Chairman.

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Chairman Bill Kenwright insists exciting times lie ahead for the football club with new manager Roberto Martinez at the helm.

Mr Kenwright presented Everton’s new boss at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon just hours after the Spaniard’s arrival at Goodison Park was confirmed.

He said: “During the last four weeks I have to say I have met some of the finest individuals you could possibly meet in football. The finest of them is sitting next to me now.

“It’s a great relief and joy, and it is seriously exciting that Roberto Martinez has agreed to be the next manager of Everton Football Club.

“Right at the start I said that the fans will play an important part in the choice of the next manager and I’ve listened to the fans for the last four weeks and their voices have come over loud and clear.

“I’m very pleased to say that in the end 90 percent have said ‘look, you got it right last time and we’ll leave it to you’.

“So to the Evertonians – and this is what this appointment is all about – I would say that if you had been at the meetings and the conversations I have had with your new manager you would be as thrilled, excited, buoyed and in awe as I have been.”

Mr Kenwright also promised to back Martinez as much as possible as he strives to push the Club forward.  

“The first thing we discussed at the meetings was that we didn't want the standards and positions that David had achieved to slip and we want to build from there,” Kenwright added. “That is the only statement we made to each other.

“We want to take this Club forward - and I've got to play my part in that too.

“I said to Roberto, 'I don't want to be the man that comes here and asks you to get me the Champions League or number one position unless I can support you'. So myself and the board will be doing all we can to support the new manager financially.”

keith portergreat move for us ... tanks Bill ..

Thursday 6th June 18:57 Report Comment

Jon SummerWell "suck it and see" as they say, I think Roberto will do a great job but time can only tell, Welcome to Goodison Park Senor, NSNO! Now lets back him Blues

Thursday 6th June 18:54 Report Comment

PETER BUSHWell done, Roberto; we look forward to seeing you in August. Keep our defence tight and add mobility and accuracy to the finishers! Peter

Thursday 6th June 14:05 Report Comment

andrew hawesI take it was fellaini who bill suggested had a get out clause at yesterday's press conference? If he's going his fee would buy negrado and kone would that be so bad??

Thursday 6th June 10:31 Report Comment

David Heathgreat appointment Bill. Now he needs backing!

Thursday 6th June 08:41 Report Comment

Tony FitzWelcome to our great club Roberto. I'm sure there are going to be some great times ahead under your tenure. IMWT!!! HAPPY DAYS!

Wednesday 5th June 20:44 Report Comment


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