Jones Praises Martinez's Method
Assistant boss says Martinez believes in 'possession football.'
Everton will be led into a new era by a methodical manager whose attention to detail will present the best possible opportunity for success.
That’s the opinion of Graeme Jones, Roberto Martinez’s trusted right-hand man who could not be better placed to offer an insight on the qualities that the Spaniard will bring to Goodison Park.
Assistant manager Jones joined Everton last week to be reunited with the Blues boss for a third time.
Having worked in tandem at Swansea City and Wigan Athletic, Jones is assuring supporters that beyond Martinez’s affable personality is a forward-thinking perfectionist who will never shy away from making important decisions.
“You are getting a very creative manager whose priority is having a tactical edge in every game he goes into,” Jones told evertontv.
“He believes in possession football as well as educating the players on the right time to be dynamic and how to exploit the opposition.
“Certainly we don’t believe in pot luck football; a long ball from a goalkeeper where it is a 50-50 fight scene. We like to try and control the game with possession.
“You are getting a manager that is very experienced now with over 150 games in the Premier League.
“We have experienced many different highs and lows; he’s a young manager who is 39 but has a lot of experience.
“He’s a fair man, a patient man and a consistent man. He has got big character and he will make a decision, no problem.”
The working relationship between a manager and their assistant is considered to be one of the most important at a football club.
Despite their shared footballing philosophies, Jones insists, however, that he and Martinez hold very different personalities.
“We have worked together from the word go,” continued Jones. “In our first job together at Swansea, he asked me to go [there] within a week and obviously we had a good time there. We went on to Wigan and had a good time generally there when you look at the four-year period.
“Roberto and I are very different people. I can be emotional sometimes but Roberto manages to disconnect himself emotionally and really assesses things as they are and how it’s happening.
“It’s a relationship that’s important but it’s not just number one and number two – it’s everybody at the football club being a team.”