ROBERTO MARTINEZ is itching to start work as Everton manager, after falling hook, line and sinker for the Blues. Chairman Bill Kenwright has revealed that his new boss is “in love with Everton.” Martinez returns from his Confederations Cup obligations with ESPN this weekend, to prepare for Wednesday’s first day of pre-season training with his new charges.
And Blues chairman Kenwright explained: “I don’t feel like this is a fresh start, it’s more like a different adventure.
“On the train coming up somebody said to me ‘we want a different kind of football’ and I said ‘hold on, that West Ham game will do me.’
“We want that kind of football with a few more victories.
“But you can’t lay that on Roberto straight away. You’ve got to be patient.
“He’s not patient! He wants to be in there, wants to be with the players, wants to be at it.
“He’s excited about Austria, he’s so excited about America – I’ve told him to bring us home a trophy – he’s excited about the fixtures.
“He’s in love. He’s in love with Everton.”
And Kenwright believes that Everton fans are also taking to the Spaniard.
“I went to see Evita this afternoon, and when that audience stood at the end and went wild at my production it was breathtaking,” he said. “I thought ‘there’s something I’m not ashamed to say that means something to me – I’ve brought that together and that works.’
“It’s the same with Roberto, I’ve brought him in, I’ve brought me with him and I want him to work with that audience which is Evertonians.
“And that in itself is a thrill, that in itself is an adventure and that in itself is exciting – and also worrying because it’s not an easy job taking over from David Moyes.
“But it seems to me that there is a real feeling for Roberto already.”
Kenwright also spoke of the potential new site for a Blues’ stadium which is being “thoroughly investigated” in conjunction with the city council.
“I absolutely understood the friction over the proposed move to Kirkby,” said Kenwright.
“So I was actually saying to the lad who was advocating the shared stadium that we’ve got sites in mind, but my favourite one is close to Goodison ie. it’s not outside the city limits.
“But as Robert (Elstone) said it’s a whole funding matrix which has to come together and that’s what we’re working on.
“Joe Anderson has been really helpful.”
Chief executive Robert Elstone added: “We are working under a confidentiality agreement with the city council. There are sites being looked at, with one site in particular which has had a lot of work done on it.
“We’ve done some master planning on the site, what other things might be accommodated and how those component parts might generate more money.
“But it wouldn’t be appropriate to reveal where we are up to with that and exactly where that site is.”
Elstone also expressed his satisfaction with how Wednesday’s Extraordinary General Meeting had gone.
“We are really pleased with how the evening went,” he added. “We put a lot into it and I know the shareholders were looking forward to it.
“It was a really positive night.
“Whilst there was talk of it being otherwise I actually expected it to be as it was, which was a good General Meeting.
“I thought the club acquitted itself very well and we certainly didn’t duck any issues. We met the agenda head-on and then took every single question which was asked.
“I think it is right that our shareholders should have the right to question the board of directors in the context of an annual general meeting.
“We knew what a significant issue it had become. I think the shareholders understood why we were where we were. There had been challenging recent meetings, unfortunate events in recent years, but we chatted about the club’s long standing tradition to hold general meetings and we thought it was appropriate and timely to reinstate them.”