Roberto Martinez's five priorities for Everton

Roberto Martinez has been confirmed as the new Everton boss and he’s already hinted at two of his main priorities for the club.

Roberto Martinez was always destined to move onto a bigger club from Wigan because the temptation to go back into the Premier League as a manager is far too great for him to resist.

The Spaniard will get to work straight away and he will have several priorities he needs to focus on. Here are five of the most important.

The Players

He needs to quickly bed in with the players, learn about what he’s got and what he hasn’t got which will give Everton the best chance of making a fast start when the summer transfer window officially opens.

If he waits too long to look into his current playing squad then he risks missing out on targets, which could substantially improve areas of the side that need those levels of drastic improvement.

Fellaini and Baines

He has to do his very best to stop either Marouane Fellaini or Leighton Baines from going to Manchester United.

Both players have been heavily tipped to follow David Moyes to Old Trafford and both could easily do so. Martinez needs to give them no reason to leave and they could both be the first two players in the current squad that he talks to.

The Budget

Everton’s budget has always been quite tight and while Martinez is experienced with working on a lower budget, he needs to get a grasp of Everton’s numbers quickly.

The natural assumption with Everton is that they have more money to spend than Martinez’s previous club Wigan but they don’t. It’s the calibre of signings which is important in this instance because Martinez will be under pressure to make better signings than he would have done for Wigan.

The Youth Teams

Everton are a club that should be focusing more and more on their youth system, which can supply players into the first team.

That means Martinez should be focusing strongly on this area because it could stop him having to spend money in the transfer market, which can then be reinvested in the team to get the club those slightly higher profile targets.


Other than the direct style of David Moyes and anything previously controlled by the Scot, Martinez needs to keep as much the same as possible.

If he starts his new job and makes changes left, right and centre, it’s going to take Everton a lot of time to adjust and that means they may not head into next season in the best possible shape, which could lead to poor performances and results.

Which part of Everton do you think Martinez should focus on?

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