Everton captain Phil Jagielka has said that he's excited at the prospect of working under new manager Roberto Martinez.

Martinez will officially start his reign on 1 July as he hopes to continue the good work of departing manager David Moyes.

Jagielka has said that he's excited at teaming up with the new boss but admits he doesn't know too much about the 39-year old.

“It’s always exciting when a new manager joins a football club,” Jagielka told the club's official website. “You never quite know what to expect but all you can do as a player is keep working hard, keep doing what you do best and hope that it will be enough to impress the new man.

“I don’t know a great deal about the new gaffer personally, but whenever our paths have crossed he always seems to be a really nice guy.

“I am sure our fans will welcome him with open arms. He has a very good CV as a manager and he obviously impressed the chairman enough for him to be offered the Everton job. I am really looking forward to working with him.”

Martinez was unveiled to the media at a press conference on Wednesday and takes over an Everton side that finished sixth last season.

He will fill the vacant managerial post at Goodison Park left by David Moyes, who has joined Manchester United. Moyes was in charge of the Merseyside club for 11 years, guiding them to European football on a couple of occasions.

Martinez has a tough act to follow but said this week that he can achieve Champions League football for the club.

Jakielka, who has been at the club for six years, admits there may be some apprehension at Goodison Park initially as the Spaniard attempts to emulate Moyes' success.

“Of course, there will be a bit of uncertainty amongst the lads at first,” he said. “You never quite know if you’re the new manager’s type of player but he mentioned me as his captain when he spoke to the press so that was nice to hear.

“We don’t yet know how he will work, how he will do things, but it’s part and parcel of being a footballer. Managers, just like players, come and go and changes are made along the way."

He continued: “We’ve got a great squad of players and I am sure one or two more will join us before the start of the season, so it’s up to us to make sure the boss gets off to a good start.”


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