Wednesday June 5th 2013: The day that Everton Football Club saw the biggest change in its recent history.
This was of course the day in which Roberto Martinez took over from David Moyes as the manager of the Football Club. He didn't just change the way they play on the football pitch but the whole mentality of the football club.
Under David Moyes' tenure the mentality about the place tended to be that of hope but without real conviction. Moyes has often been quoted as saying that his first priority is to get to the magic 40 point mark and see where we can go from there.
However, under Martinez that hope has been transformed to a real belief that Everton could be in for something special under his reign, a return of the glory days of the 1960's and 80's.
It can be easy to forget, but Everton are the fourth most successful team in English football when it comes to league titles with nine, only bettered by Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal. This is exactly what Martinez has emphasised on since joining the club; the history, just how big a honour it should be to play for such a football club.
Players like Kevin Mirallas have admitted to not having an in depth knowledge of the history when signed by David Moyes back in 2012 but now has a full understanding under Martinez. This is highlighted at Martinez's office at Finch Farm, the stairs are lined with pictures of Everton's history on the wall, one of which is blank. Thus, highlighting the great belief that Martinez has; that something very special could be on the horizon.
Signal of intent
The signing of Romelu Lukaku represents this signal of intent that Everton are showing. They didn't just break their transfer record with the £28 million signing but almost doubled it, the record previously being Marouane Fellaini in 2008 for £15 million.
For the first time in many a year Everton are going into a season with a proven world class goalscorer who by the way is only 21-years-old.
Furthermore, having been known as a sort of "selling club" over the years in order to balance the fragile finances, for instance the selling of Wayne Rooney and Mikel Arteta, nowadays their stars are really committing to the course and there is no need to sell to balance the books.
No longer selling club
In the past three to four months the likes of Seamus Coleman, Ross Barkley, John Stones, Tim Howard, Leighton Baines, Roberto Martinez himself and new signings Romelu Lukaku and Muhamed Besic have all signed long term four or five year contracts at the club, enabling real stability and these players believe that Everton is the best place for them to flourish during their careers.
Everton really do mean business and are aiming to play with the big boys again something not seen for over 25 years. Something special is about to happen at this great football club, the fans, players and management all believe it.
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