Everton’s Roberto Martínez promises chairman Champions League place

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright reveals Roberto Martínez has set his sights on guiding the club into the Champions League

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Roberto Martínez was appointed as Wigan Athletic manage in 2009 J Bove, via Wikimedia

Bill Kenwright says Everton’s new manager Roberto Martínez has vowed to guide the club into the Champions League.

The former Wigan Athletic boss, who signed a four-year deal at Goodison Park on Wednesday, replaces David Moyes after the Scot agreed to take over from Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.

Martínez masterminded Wigan’s FA Cup final victory over Manchester City at Wembley last month but the 39-year-old was unable to guide the Latics clear of the Premier League relegation zone.

And Kenwright revealed the ambitious manager has already set his sights on emulating Moyes and guiding the Toffees, who finished sixth this term, into Europe’s premier club competition.

“When David [Moyes] first came to see me, he sat down, and we were in a bad state. Roberto’s first words [were that] he will get us in the Champions League. He had obviously studied the football club and recognised what David Moyes has achieved,” said Kenwright.

“But he sat and talked to me and showed me how he beat Manchester City at Wembley. I went to that game and sat among the crowd to look at Roberto.

“He understands the game and Everton. He told us about our history and what he wanted to do. It was a terrific meeting. All I can tell you is, when you know, you know.”

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