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Trundle's Martinez Insight

Striker says Spaniard's management skills are 'different class'.

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Lee Trundle believes that Roberto Martinez’s man management skills and thirst for football knowledge are two of the major reasons why he is regarded as one of the brightest bosses in English football.

The 36-year-old striker recalls the way in which his former teammate and manager helped to foster a team spirit that brought success to Swansea City during their time together at the Vetch Field and Liberty Stadium.

As a player, Martinez captained the Swans to LDV Trophy success in the 2006 before steering the South Wales club to promotion from League One during his first full season as a manager in 2008.

The Spaniard’s motivational skills were also widely praised for helping Wigan Athletic win the FA Cup for the first time in their history in May.

Evertonian Trundle is now looking forward to seeing how Martinez implements his style at Goodison Park.

“It’s his man management and the way he speaks to people,” Trundle explained to evertontv when asked about Martinez’s strengths.

“There would be lads that weren’t in the team [at Swansea] and they would go in to see him. They would be unhappy but then come out of the dressing room feeling like they were the best player in the world with the way that he had spoken and treated them. His man management is different class.

“It’s his knowledge of football as well. When you sit and talk to him you have respect because you realise that when he goes home he doesn’t just sit about in the house.

“He does his homework and he will be looking at every different league and every different player. You can ask him about anyone and he will know them, even players in the Spanish second division or reserve players that are coming through.

“You sit and think that he must put the hours in to have that knowledge. That’s why I’m pleased to have him at this club.”

Trundle also expects that Martinez will bring a measured approach to the Everton dressing room and will engage with the players in a calm and calculated manner.

“As a manager, or even from when I played with him, he is the type of man who doesn’t need to shout to let you know that he is upset,” said Trundle.

“He is not a ranter or a raver, Roberto is always nice and calm. He sits and talks and you never hear him lose his rag.”

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