Thursday, 10th April, 2014

Everton striker Steven Naismith has praised his manager Roberto Martinez’s style of coaching and believes he has learned more about the game under the Spaniard than any time during his entire career.

Everton are currently fifth in the Premier League table on 63 points, a point behind Arsenal who are fourth, but the Toffees have played one game less than the Gunners.

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The Scot believes that this season has benefited him a lot as a player and credits the Everton manager for making him a better footballer.

“In this 10, 11 months alone, it's probably the most I've learned football-wise in my whole career and that's not talking about any of the previous managers, I learned a lot from them," Naismith told BBC Radio Scotland.


The former Rangers man thinks that the training regime at Everton, developed by Martinez himself, is like nothing he has experienced before and is different from what is considered as traditional British football.

"When the manager came in, literally every single exercise we did involved the ball.

"It's just a totally different style of football to how I've known the British game to be growing up and it's opened my eyes a lot. It's really enjoyable."

Martinez’s entry into British football happened when he signed for Wigan Athletic, who were playing in the English Third Division, in 1995. He went on to make 187 league appearances for the team from Greater Manchester.

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