Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Everton confirm backroom staff

Roberto Martinez, right, and Graeme Jones will be reunited at Goodison Park

Everton have confirmed the appointment of key members of new manager Roberto Martinez's backroom staff.

The Spaniard has been reunited with his former Wigan staff Graeme Jones (assistant manager), Kevin Reeves (chief scout), Inaki Bergara (goalkeeping coach) and Richard Evans (head of performance).

Their appointments follow the departure of Steve Round, Chris Woods and Jimmy Lumsden who were released from their contracts on Monday to join former Toffees boss David Moyes at Manchester United.

Martinez is happy to be working with people he knows well and trusts.

"We've brought people with real experience in the Premier League already," he said.

"They bring a real understanding of how we work and what we need to reach with the players and help them as quick as we can to be a strong team at the start of the season.

"What we have is a lot of important people at the football club that have excellent results and we'll make sure we get together to be ready for the start of the season."

While he continues to finalise his first transfers as new manager - also likely to be familiar Wigan faces in striker Arouna Kone and defender Antolin Alcaraz - the concentration is on getting ready for pre-season.

Martinez met many of his players for the first time on Thursday as they are returning for training at staggered intervals depending on their summer international duty.

"We're all getting ready at Finch Farm, every single department, for an exciting season," he told evertontv. "Obviously the players coming back from their well-deserved break is something we look forward to. That's going to happen in stages."

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