NEW Everton manager Roberto Martinez is determined to end Everton’s silverware drought after arriving at Goodison Park fresh from his FA Cup triumph with Wigan Athletic.
Joe Royle remains the only Blues boss to have won a trophy during his first season in charge and that triumph over Manchester United back in 1995 remains the club’s last piece of silverware to date.
The wait following Royle’s FA Cup success – Everton’s only trophy in the past 25 years – has ensured a whole generation of Evertonians have grown up without seeing their side lift silverware and given that there are now adult fans not even born the last time the Blues opened the Goodison cabinet, the Spaniard is determined to put things right.
For all his predecessor David Moyes’ sterling work over the past 11 years, trophies continued to elude Everton but Martinez wants to end that sequence and said: “Once you win silverware it is an addictive feeling. I do feel that is something we want to continue here.
“At Everton, with the significance, tradition and history, it (winning silverware) needs to be part of our DNA. We all know how difficult it is to win silverware but it is important to start setting those goals as dreams.
“It is something where we can drive each other on to achieve, because it is important that we can share those emotions and feelings together.
“Clearly, once you get that taste you want more and we need to make sure that we get that together at Everton.”
Meanwhile, former Everton captain Phil Neville, who retired from playing at the end of last season, will decide his future while on holiday in Barbados.
The 36-year-old, who has been working as a coach with the England Under-21 side, could stay on at Goodison Park in a coaching capacity after being offered a position by Martinez. However, he has several other options including a role back at Manchester United under Moyes and coaching offers elsewhere both with other clubs and the FA.
Neville, who has also worked as a pundit, could also decide to follow elder brother Gary into a full-time media career.
Either way, Neville believes that an important year lies ahead for the Blues. He said: “It’s a big season. Under Roberto there will be a slightly different style and philosophy.
“There’ll be excitement, there’ll be challenges and if one or two results don’t go their way, it’s how that group that have been together for so long will handle that. It’s a massive challenge for Roberto, but it’s one the players are looking forward to and possibly needed – a fresh voice and a fresh challenge.”
Neville has also spoken out over the events at St James’ Park that have seen Joe Kinnear return to the club as director of football and believes they contrast sharply with his own former sides, Everton and Manchester United. He said: “It’s not really about Joe Kinnear, but just that there seems to be no path or structure to what they’re doing or the way they’ve done it.
“There’s a certain degree of class that football clubs should do things with. I’m lucky that the two clubs I’ve played for have always done it that way and it appalls me when clubs don’t because it turns a club into a laughing stock. Newcastle shouldn’t be a laughing stock. It’s one of the biggest clubs in England, and Alan Pardew has done a really good job there, but it seems shambolic really.”