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'You Feel Like You Belong'

Roberto Martinez on his affection for Goodison Park.

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Roberto Martinez says he was won over by Everton the very first time he visited Goodison Park.

Since taking over at Wigan in 2009, the Spaniard has sat in the stadium's opposition dugout on five occasions.

Each time he says he has sensed a unique affinity between the Club and its supporters - one he hopes to understand further as he gets to grips with life on the Blue half of Merseyside.

"I can’t describe it when I come to games here," he said. "It’s a feeling that you develop, a feeling that you belong here and now I can start exploring more and making sure I know what the fans want and we can reflect that on the pitch.

"It's important in modern football not to lose the values of the game. I always believe that the real value is the fans, to understand what the fans want and make sure that the football on the pitch reflects that.

"I think that is clear at Everton - there are football values and an incredible passion. I arrived at Goodison and got that feeling straight away, that sense of pride in the club. I need to make sure that I can fit in quickly and be a part of them."

Martinez was confirmed as the Club's new manager on Wednesday after finalising the terms of a four-year deal.

The Spaniard spent Thursday at the Blues' Finch Farm training ground and says he is already planning for what he hopes will be a long and successful tenure at the helm.

"I know what this football club means in terms of the families [it affects] and the passion, so I understand how honoured I am to have this position," he said.

"My message to fans is to get excited and get ready, because we need to be a strong team. And when I say team, that's from them to everyone else at the football club and, of course, the players.

"We need to compete against anything and against anyone. If we are really strong and really help each other, we are capable."

Colin DruryIt was a bit of a shock when it was announced that DM was leaving for Man Utd. I was genuinely worried about next season. Now? Can't wait! Good luck and welcome to Everton Roberto.

Friday 7th June 21:03 Report Comment

James CutajarFirst non-British manager we've had! All the best Roberto, we know you'll do us proud!

Friday 7th June 09:31 Report Comment

Stephen BeattieTop man Roberto. Good luck. Keep Miralles and Baines and your laughing..

Thursday 6th June 21:37 Report Comment

Derek YatesWelcome Robbo I wish you good luck and hope you're true to your word and brings us champs lge cos you've got some mighty big boots to fill COYBs you can do it.

Thursday 6th June 20:32 Report Comment

Simon BurtenshawAll the very best Roberto, welcome!, i hope that you have a long & successful spell with us...COYB!!!

Thursday 6th June 18:27 Report Comment


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