Martinez has ambitious plans for the Toffees.
Newly appointed Everton manager Roberto Martinez has laid out some ambitious plans for the club claiming they should be achieving Champions League football.
Last season’s finish of sixth in the Premier League was the seventh consecutive year David Moyes had guided the club to a top 10 finish and the ninth time during the Scot’s 11-year reign.
Yet despite this relative success on such a small budget at Goodison Park Martinez thinks that the Toffees should be challenging for top European football.
Everton have never qualified for the Champions League since its name change in 1992, despite finishing fourth in 2004/05.
A win for Liverpool in the tournament that year scuppered the side’s chances as they failed to beat Villarreal to qualify for the competition proper.
Now their new Spanish manager wants to bring a new dawn to the Merseyside club and is making Europe a top priority.
“The aim for Everton should be to get into the Champions League,” Martinez was quoted in the Guardian.
“That doesn’t mean next season but that has to be the aim for the future. It is not going to happen overnight.”
It’s an ambitious claim from the 39-year-old considering the competition Everton now face in the race for the top four.
Although the Toffees finished sixth in this current campaign they actually amassed two more points than the year they finished fourth, as Tottenham achieved the highest points total in Premier League history without making the top four.
As well as Spurs Martinez’s team face competition from both Manchester clubs, Arsenal, Chelsea and even rivals Liverpool in a congested battle at the top of the table.