Roberto Martinez is relishing the chance to create a “unique” brand of football at Everton.
The Spaniard can’t wait to begin working with the Blues squad next month and forge a style of play that incorporates a mix of his methods and the side’s current principles.
Martinez won plaudits at Swansea City and Wigan Athletic for the manner in which his teams approached the game.
The 39-year-old was an admirer of the football Everton played under David Moyes and has made it clear the club must build on that in the new era at Goodison Park.
But Martinez wants to put his stamp on the team and says he will target a handful of new signings who can give the Blues a different dimension next season.
“I do feel that it is important that in football you get a winning style,” he said.
“Obviously everyone will highlight the late 1980s when the team reached an incredible reputation around Europe, and that’s ingrained in the football club.
“There’s a lot of talk about finding different styles and being attractive to watch. Clearly I’m excited about bringing a mixture of what Everton represents and what Everton stands for, together with my beliefs in the game and taking all the good things that Everton have done over the last few seasons.
“That’s a unique combination.”
Martinez says he expects all his players to be adaptable to different positions and formations.
But, as Evertonians know, the current squad is packed with versatile players.
“We need to be a team that is capable of being flexible from a tactical point of view,” Martinez said.
“We need to be in a position where we can keep the ball well and where we can break things down.
“That’s what I’m really looking forward to – coming up with a unique Everton style.
“We all need to drive together to be a team that can carry on being competitive in every game we go into, slowly growing into something special.”
He added: “I think when you look at the experience of this group of players, that’s always a helping factor.
“I’ve got no doubts over the success that this dressing room has had over the last few seasons and I know they can take football principles in very quickly.”