Belfast Telegraph

Pressure won't faze me, insists Everton boss Martinez

By Carl Markham

Everton manager Roberto Martinez is determined to embrace the challenge the additional pressure the club's new billionaire investor Farhad Moshiri will demand.

The Iranian is believed to have agreed to pay about £85m for an initial 49.9 percent share, pledging to plough significantly more into the club's transfer dealings and infrastructure.

With money behind him, 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 become even more of a focus but Martinez, whose side travel to Aston Villa tonight and are currently 12 points adrift of the top four with a game in hand, is happy to operate under those expectations.

"It is something I want," 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. 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 also being able to reward existing stars 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," he added.

"It is creating a club that players want to come to as they feel they can reach their potential and win things."

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