Roberto Martinez comments on Everton stadium move

Moving away from Goodison Park to a new 50,000 capacity ground at Walton Hall Park represents an "incredible opportunity."

Moving grounds from the 39,600 capacity Goodison Park - an arena Everton have competed in since 1892 - to the expected 50,000 seater stadium at the Walton Hall Park site will not only create even more match-day revenue, but will also ensure the local community thrives due to the creation of jobs.

That is the view of Everton manager Roberto Martinez, who is very much for a chance of scenery as it would usher in an "exciting" new era where the Toffees could perhaps compete at a level as high as their city rivals; Liverpool, who have long benefited from superior capacity crowds at Anfield.

“It is an incredible opportunity not just for us as a football club but it is a project that can bring a lot of jobs," said Martinez to talkSPORT. "It is an exciting project."

"If we want to progress, if we want the city to have the two teams competing at the highest level we can, it is something we need to explore and we need to make sure we work extremely hard to see what the possibilities are in front of us."

A number of clubs in the modern era have switched grounds yet it is a matter that polarises opinion for supporters, as there is a camp who have an attachment for the tradition that the former home provided.

Martinez assured: "The noise and voice of Goodison is special… it will always be in our DNA… but in the modern game you need to take other sources of revenue into consideration if you want to carry on growing and carry on competing with the highest level of competition."

Everton received co-operation from Liverpool City Council over their intended move earlier in the year.

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