Newly appointed Everton boss Roberto Martinez has expressed his admiration for centre-back Phil Jagielka, claiming now is the "right moment" to make him club captain, and that he will be a "phenomenal captain" for the Toffees. 

The decision has come after the long-serving Phil Neville decided he will retire from the game at the end of the season, leaving the captaincy spot vacant. After a couple of strong years from Jagielka, Martinez has decided to put his faith in the 30-year-old to take the captain's armband.

"I've been a big admirer of Phil Jagielka and I do feel that now he is probably at the peak of his career in terms of the leadership he has achieved when representing England and the roles that he has had for then ational team and for a few seasons now at Everton," Martinez told the official Everton website.

"It's the right moment for him to take that role and, for me, it is representative of the standards of our football club on a daily basis," he continued.

The time comes when Everton football club are in transition, after long term manager David Moyes decided to make a move to Manchester, and the comings and goings of back-room staff come the appointment of the Spaniard from Wigan.

"I know that he is going to embrace that role and be a perfect fit for a role that is traditionally a great honour at the football club. Phil Jagielka is going to be a phenomenal captain."


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