Roberto Martinez embraces arrival of Farhad Moshiri at Everton
Published 29/02/2016 | 13:21
Everton manager Roberto Martinez is determined to embrace the challenge the additional pressure the club's new billionaire investor Farhad Moshiri will demand.
Over the weekend the Iranian is believed to have agreed to pay about £85million for an initial 49.9 percent share, pledging to plough significantly more into the club's transfer dealings and infrastructure.
With money behind him - something few Everton managers have been blessed with - Martinez will be expected to deliver better results than he has this season with arguably the best squad in a generation.
Champions League qualification will now become even more of a focus but Martinez, whose side are currently 12 points adrift of the top four with a match in hand, is happy to operate under those expectations.
"It is something I want. As a manager I didn't arrive at Everton saying 'I hope I can stay here six or seven years and go through the motions'," he said.
"I set the bar really high, I wanted a winning team and I wanted to get into the Champions League and that is still the case.
"With a new investor and fresh blood into our club all of a sudden you have a new opportunity to get to those aspirations quicker.
"Nothing changes and that is what we want. The chairman and myself will embrace that pressure and that need of delivering the right outcome as we have a strong belief in what we are doing.
"Farhad Moshiri will bring us a different dimension. It is a big moment in the club's history with a new investor coming in.
"The vision Moshiri is sharing will take Everton to the next level - and every single department will be assessed."
New money means Martinez should be able to operate more competitively in the transfer market while hopefully also being able to reward existing stars like Ross Barkley, John Stones and top scorer Romelu Lukaku with improved contracts.
However, he believes it is what Moshiri will bring to the club in general which will have more of an effect over the longer term.
"It is not just how much money you can spend because in the Premier League, with the new TV deal, you will have money to spend," he added.
"It is creating a club that players want to come to as they feel they can reach their potential and win things.
"We want to become a winning team. I hope I have a billion pounds to spend in the summer - that would be very nice - but I don't see that as the success of bringing Farhad into the club.
"It is more what we need in the next five, 10, 15 years in terms of creating the perfect club for a player."
Moshiri, whose net worth is estimated at £1.3billion, previously had a share in Arsenal with business partner and friend Alisher Usmanov.
Martinez believes that will be advantageous to them because they are welcoming someone who has Premier League experience.
"I met Moshiri and the impression I got was of a gentlemen with values who knows the Premier League inside-out," said the Catalan, ahead of Tuesday's trip to Aston Villa.
"You can get businessmen who don't understand it but this is not the case. I think he has fallen in love with what Everton means.
"This is the start of a new era with an incredible drive. As a human being and as a winner Moshiri is the perfect person to come into Everton.
"He is someone who has a terrific winning vision and it is something for every Evertonian to be excited about."
Manchester City's victory in Sunday's Capital One Cup final victory has boosted Everton's chances of qualifying for Europe.
The win for Manuel Pellegrini's side means if, as expected, they qualify for the Champions League, their Europa League slot for a Wembley triumph will be passed on to sixth place in the Premier League.
Everton, of course, could still qualify by right as they are still in the FA Cup but the addition of another league position - currently occupied by West Ham, eight points ahead having played one match more, gives the Toffees a second chance.
"It gives you another spot in the table. As you know the four positions are Champions League, the fifth is Europe League and Man City (if they finish in the top four) are giving the League Cup position back to the table," said Martinez.
"That clearly is a big aim in terms of our season looking at the final 36 points to fight for. That is a terrific opportunity."