New Everton boss Roberto Martinez has proclaimed that his primary ambition is bringing Champions League football to the blue half of Merseyside, a feat only achieved once by former manager David Moyes.
"The aim for Everton should be to get into the Champions League. That doesn't mean next season but that has to be the aim for the future." After a fairy-tale FA Cup win in May, Martinez was able to leave a lasting legacy on Wigan Athletic, leading the Latics to their first European campaign.
But the young Spaniard affirmed that he will be able to pull off another managerial miracle, as he truly believes he can lead Everton to a top 4 finish, and a place among Europe’s elite. With Everton stars Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini desired by many Premier League clubs, Martinez seems to have a huge fight on his hands to keep his star players. The loss of one, or both, would have a huge impact on the strength and stability of his Everton side. However, with the signing of Wigan old boys Arouna Kone, Antolin Alcaraz and Joel Robles, Martinez appears to be looking to the DW Stadium to rebuild his ageing Everton line up. It seems an incredibly tough task, as heavyweights Manchester United, Manchester City, and Chelsea continue to strengthen their squads. The added threat of Arsenal and Tottenham lead to the Spaniard's dreams of Everton qualifying for Champions League football, to become more and more scarce. But the managerial talents of Roberto Martinez cannot be forgotten, and there is always a possibility of the young manager pulling off another football fairy-tale, and taking his new Everton side to the pinnacle of European club football.
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