New Everton manager Roberto Martinez has ordered the club to install a brand new, state-of-the-art playing surface which has been described as the 'Rolls-Royce of pitches.'
Martinez will be looking for his team to play attacking, passing football and this new turf will help the Spaniard with his aims.
Head Goodison groundsman Bob Lennon explained what the club plan to do.
"What we are doing this year is a full renovation of the pitch, which includes a new system called Desso Grassmaster. It’s the same as Arsenal, Aston Villa and Wembley use," he told the 'Evertonian' magazine.
Former Everton manager David Moyes, who's been appointed as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor at Manchester United, bemoaned the Goodison Park pitch several times last season, worrying that it would have an adverse effect on his team's play.
But the new turf, which is the same system used in recent World Cup and Champions League Finals, won't be affected by poor weather conditions and Lennon believes the pitch next season will be significantly better than before.
“We’re doing this to hopefully give the pitch consistency through the year instead of just from summer through to Christmas time. All this bad weather we’ve had over the last couple of years has been a problem, so we’ve had to have a decent pitch this year.”
Lennon also feels that it's important to have the best quality pitch available in order to keep up with their rivals.
"We have to keep up with the rest of the league. Desso Grassmaster is what they had for the World Cup in South Africa and this system will be used for the next 20 to 30 years. It is state-of-the-art, so there will be nothing to improve on this one" he said.
Everton finished above Merseyside rivals Liverpool last season as they pipped them to sixth place and qualified for Europa League football. With Martinez known for his attractive playing style, Everton will look to take full advantage on their new pitch by keeping the ball on the floor.
Martinez former club, Wigan Athletic, also attempting playing attractive football but were often hindered by the terrible playing surface at the DW Stadium.
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