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Martinez: Chairman's Passion Key

Manager says high standards have helped him progress Blues.

Martinez: Chairman's Passion Key

Roberto Martinez says there is an infectious passion at Everton that rolls down from the top.

The Spaniard has been overwhelmed by the support he has received since taking the reins at Goodison Park last June and on Saturday saw his side move up to fourth in the Barclays Premier League table.

Martinez believes the standards developed at the Club over the last decade - combined with Everton's famous heritage - have given him the perfect launchpad to drive the Blues forward.

And speaking on SkySports' Goals on Sunday, the former Wigan chief said: "We've got terrific facilities and everyone at the Club has got a true passion and a true love for the football club – and that comes from the chairman.

"Bill Kenwright is quite a unique person to be at the forefront of an incredible football club.

"And I think going deep down into the history of the Club - with the School of Science and the Holy Trinity and that way of playing that the fans really enjoy - for me, that's been a real advantage to be able to share those footballing principles.

"That allows everyone to work extremely hard, to be patient and to be a football club very much together to face whatever is in front of us."

Everton now have just five top-flight matches remaining this term, with their destiny in their own hands when it comes to trying to secure Champions League football for the first time since 2005.

Saturday's win at Sunderland was a record seventh in a row in the Premier League and brought up a highest ever Premier League points tally for the Blues.

And Martinez added: "When you look at the league, you prepare in the first two thirds to be as strong as you can be in the final third. If you look at the team now, we're carrying a bit of momentum and seven straight wins allows you to be very much confident about whatever games are ahead.

"When you play against the so-called top four, you need to have that arrogance and that belief that you can play eye-to-eye.

"That is a psychological part that I think this season we've been overcoming. I think when we went to Old Trafford and got our first win there in 21 years, and then we went to the Emirates and were able to perform in the manner we did - I think we've been growing in terms of developing a belief that goes along with talent that the squad has, which is immense.

"I've been very fortunate that the senior figures are special. They've been so open-minded and so much looking forward to trying things in a different way and giving direction to the younger players."

Derek PriceBill is a star!

Sunday 13th April 21:14 Report Comment

patrick liddaneRoberto Martinez can make history with Everton. I can see us making top 4 and challenging for the league next season. COYB

Sunday 13th April 20:04 Report Comment

Peter DorganAs a true Evertonian I couldn't be prouder, you have brought the passion and dedication back to Goodison Park. You Roberto have been absolutely brilliant. Long may it continue. COYB.

Sunday 13th April 19:49 Report Comment
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