Unsworth believes the new manager can hit the ground running.
Legendary Everton defender David Unsworth has revealed that he thinks new manager Roberto Martinez can start his Toffees career in winning fashion.
The Spaniard will take the reigns at Everton for the first time with an away match against Norwich City on August 17, before hosting West Bromwich Albion and then visiting Premier League new boys Cardiff City.
Unsworth believes this run of fixtures can see Martinez make an immediate impact at Goodison Park since taking over from David Moyes – with the Scot ending an 11-year tenure at the club to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.
“There isn’t a too high profile game and that should allow Roberto to find his feet. I think it’s a good start for Everton and I think the fixtures have come up kind,” the Sheffield United assistant manager told the Toffees website.
“Without being disrespectful to Norwich, West Brom and Cardiff, these are three games that this Everton team, when firing on all cylinders, should win.”
Unsworth made over 300 appearances for Everton during two separate spells on Merseyside, before playing for the Blades and Wigan Athletic and then retiring as a player in 2009 whilst at Huddersfield Town.
The 39-year-old also holds the revered record of scoring the most Premier League goals for a defender scoring 38 times, mostly from his fearsome penalties.
Martinez meanwhile faces a tough prospect taking over from Moyes, with Everton finishing sixth in the league ahead of local rivals Liverpool in 2012/13.
During the 50-year-old’s time at Goodison the club went from strength to strength on a comparatively small budget, so three so-called easy fixtures will be welcomed by Martinez.