Jagielka says some players are unsure if the new boss will want them.
Everton captain Phil Jagielka has admitted that whilst the appointment of Roberto Martinez as the club’s new boss is exciting, some of the players are anxious about their future at Goodison Park.
Martinez was announced as the new Toffees manager on Wednesday after weeks of speculation following David Moyes’ confirmation as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor at Manchester United.
Jagielka believes that whilst he knows little about the Spaniard it is a good move by chairman Bill Kenwright to bring him in.
“You never quite know what to expect but all you can do as a player is keep working hard, keep doing what you do best and hope that it will be enough to impress the new man,” the skipper told the Everton website.
“He has a very good CV as a manager and he obviously impressed the chairman enough for him to be offered the Everton job.
“Of course, there will be a bit of uncertainty amongst the lads at first. You never quite know if you’re the new manager’s type of player.”
Jagielka himself has been named personally by Martinez as an important member of the squad on Merseyside, yet some of the other players may not have the same fate.
Only Tony Hibbert from the current group at Goodison have played at the club under anyone other than Moyes, with the Scot having taken over in 2002 and the second longest serving player – Leon Osman – not making a first team appearance until 2003.
Therefore life under a new manager will be a completely unknown entity to all but the right-back at the Toffees, as they enter the Martinez era.