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Roberto Martinez has stated that it is a “matter of time” before the glory days return to Everton and his former club land some silverware.
The Blues have not won a trophy since their FA Cup triumph a quarter of a century ago, and not finished in the top four since 2005. Martinez went close to achieving both in his stint at the club, leading them to fifth in his first season in charge and reaching the semi-finals of both domestic cups in his last.
Expectations have now scarcely been higher at Goodison Park with new boss Carlo Ancelotti at the helm, and Martinez feels good times could be just around the corner. Speaking to Mirror Football, he said:
“You don’t have to be realistic, there’s no such word in football. It’s realistic with what you compare it [with]. Carlo Ancelotti is one of the best coaches in the world, the experience and know-how that he has.
“Everton the history of winning nine league titles is always there in the minds of football fans. It’s just a matter of time before Everton win silverware and will have fantastic years to celebrate them. I am absolutely convinced the club is destined to do that.”
Ancelotti has helped steer Everton away from the relegation zone after the club’s difficult start under former boss Marco Silva.
The recent defeat to Tottenham on Monday dented any faint hopes The Toffees had of qualifying for European competition next season, with a tricky test against in-form Southampton to come.