Date:Friday March 28 2014
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.'
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Date:Friday March 28 2014
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