Everton captain and veteran Phil Jagielka recently revealed his delight to Everton TV about incoming manager Roberto Martinez and his excitement for the beginning of a new era.
“I went into his office and we had a little chat about general things and I think we both came out very happy and both looking forward to the season,” Jagielka said on Everton TV.
Speaking frankly, Jagielka talked about his important role as club skipper in terms of how he will help the manager communicate with his new players.
“I think it will be crucial for me this season to get on well with the new manager and bridge the gap between the players and the manager because that’s a key role for the captain. Hopefully the players will appreciate that and so will the manager,” Jagielka told Everton TV.
Jagielka continued to talk about the change that happens when a new manager is coming in and how he and his club mates are reacting to it.
“There are still people that have been here a while and make you feel at home. It’s a bit strange to turn up and see a different car parked in the manager’s spot, different coaches warming you up and taking sessions,” Jagielka said to Everton TV.
“A lot of players have been here for a long time now and have been used to the same old routines – which wasn’t a bad thing – but sometimes when you get a new manager, a new style and a new schedule it can transform some people’s careers. Hopefully the boys that were feeling a bit jaded have a little bit of a buzz with a new manager coming in. It’s going to be an exciting pre-season.”
It is sure to be an exciting preseason indeed, as Roberto Martinez has already brought in a few new players to the club. Striker Arouna Kone, defender Antolin Alcaraz, and goalkeeper Joel Robles, all who played for Wigan last season, have been brought in by Martinez. Martinez, who managed Wigan last year, seems set on bringing in players from his former club.
Martinez replaced David Moyes at Everton this year, who moved on to manage Manchester United. Moyes had been a rock at Everton, spending 11 years with the club before moving on to replace the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson at United. His reign was characterized by stability and an ability to consistently finish high in the Premier League table.
Jagielka continued to talk about adjusting to life after Moyes.
“As a modern-day footballer, that’s what you want. You want to learn on the job – it’s not a case of thinking you have made it and stop trying to get better. Having a different style of manager and different style of coaches will hopefully help every player in the squad improve. If that’s the case, it’s going to be exciting times here,” Jagielka told Everton TV.
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