Vital Football

Latest Everton FC News

Martinez plans summer spend

Martinez plans summer spend

With all eyes on European qualification for Everton expect a mass spending spree over the summer.

But whilst Roberto Martinez might be forgiven for only concentrating on the present, considering the average lifespan of a Premier League manager, the Spaniard has big plans for changing the infrastructure at Everton.

The Premier League television money has been ring-fenced for a big upgrade to the Liverpool City council-owned Finch Farm training ground.

Martinez wants to build accommodation for first team players, so that the players can expand their training schedules and the Spaniard also wants to build a new training pitch.

All things which will see Everton benefit for many years to come and finance is already in place.

'We've got money to spend this summer, Remember we sold £40million worth of players (Marouane Fellaini, Nikica Jelavic and Victor Anichebe) and we only spent £13million (James McCarthy and Arouna Koné). That money is there to be spent. The new TV money won't make a massive difference on the playing side because we've got a lot of things we want to do on the training ground. We want to build accommodation here, have bedrooms on site, put a new pitch in and give the training ground a big lift. I'm going to use the money for that.' Martinez told the Guardian.

As the broadsheet paper explained, investment in infrastructure has no impact on UEFA's financial fair play rules and so Everton want to expand on a training complex which already includes 10 full-size grass pitches, one full-size synthetic pitch, three smaller pitches and an indoor facility.

He continued: 'We have different projects and the cost depends on how much we are going to go into it. They are different projects - one is the bedrooms, one is the new pitches, one is for the youth to have digs. There are different projects that we can do over the next 24 months.'

So what of the transfer budget? Investment in the infrastructure of the club is obviously important, but it doesn't get the fans adrenaline pumping like investment in the first team squad.

He added: 'Whether we are in Europe or not will be a big factor in that, You can work on a squad of 21 players in the league and for domestic competitions and you need around 27 players plus the keepers for Europe,'

'We've got money but I didn't want to spend it in January. The cash has been here before but in the past they have spent £10m in one window, £6m in another window. What we have done is bring in loan players, short-term players, and used the young players to accumulate money. It is about spending it a little bit at a time or all at once. I prefer to stockpile for the summer. Having to sell players, reduce the wage bill and keep money from other areas to make a big pot is what I've been aiming for over the last 10 months.'


Vital Everton is 100% interactive. Not only can you have your say on the articles and the forums but you can also write an article to be published on the website or a suggest a poll so you can air your views.

Join Vital Everton



Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Yak
Date:Friday March 28 2014
Time: 12:00PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Everton Articles

Koeman would be a popular choice at Everton

Martinez may not have left Everton just yet, but Southampton manager Ronald Koeman and Newcastle gaffer Rafa Benitez have been lined up as his replacement.

Dynamo will not sell to Everton

Only a couple of weeks ago did it look positive that Everton would finally be able to land long term target Andriy Yarmolenko from Dynamo Kiev.

Match Day Officials v Leicester (7/5/16)

The Premier League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Leicester City this weekend.

Everton interest in Marseille keeper

Once it became clear that Tim Howard would be leaving Everton the media have linked numerous goalkeepers with moves to Goodison Park.

Archived Vital Everton Articles

Vital Everton articles from

Site Journalists

Yak
Editor email
Profile
Holroyd
no email
Profile
radders1990
no email
Profile
Rob-EFC
no email
Profile
born2bblue
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Who do you want in charge of Everton next season?
Suggested By:
Roberto Martinez7%
Eddie Howe1%
Marcelo Bielsa1%
David Moyes4%
Duncan Ferguson2%
Alan Stubbs1%
Manuel Pelligrini32%
Frank de Boer10%
Ronald Koeman32%
Someone else10%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Leicester City 36 22 11 3 77 30
2 Spurs 36 19 13 4 70 39
3 Arsenal 36 19 10 7 67 25
4 Man City 36 19 7 10 64 30
5 Man Utd 35 17 9 9 60 12
6 West Ham 35 15 14 6 59 17
7 Southampton 36 16 9 11 57 14
8 Liverpool 35 15 10 10 55 11
9 Chelsea 35 12 12 11 48 7
10 Stoke 36 13 9 14 48 -14
11 Everton 35 10 14 11 44 6
12 Watford 35 12 8 15 44 -6
13 Swansea 36 11 10 15 43 -13
14 WBA 36 10 11 15 41 -14
15 AFC Bournemouth 36 11 8 17 41 -20
16 Crystal Palace 36 10 9 17 39 -10
17 Newcastle 36 8 9 19 33 -25
18 Sunderland 35 7 11 17 32 -18
19 Norwich 35 8 7 20 31 -26
R Aston Villa 36 3 7 26 16 -45
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Everton Results (view all)

Everton Fixtures (view all)

May 7 2016 5:30PM : Leicester City (a)
Barclays Premier League
May 11 2016 7:45PM : Sunderland (a)
Barclays Premier League
May 15 2016 3:00PM : Norwich City (H)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Rob-EFC2
2.Inmoyeswetrust2
3.EvertonMike2
4.evertonmandan1