Roberto Martinez does not want Everton’s trip to Manchester United on Wednesday being talked up as a personal duel between him and his Toffees predecessor David Moyes.
Martinez replaced Moyes in the summer after the Scot brought to an end his 11-year tenure at Goodison Park to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at United.
And Spaniard says he would prefer the focus ahead of Wednesday’s game to be on his players rather than him, with the Toffees currently sitting fifth in the Premier League, just three points behind second-placed Chelsea.
“I know that from the outside this is an attractive proposition to speak about the managers,” he said. “But football is not about managers, it is about the players and the institutions and two football clubs with incredible tradition facing each other is going to be a great game.
“We pay huge respect to the champions -- you don't win this league unless you have something special -- and we will have to be at our best to compete but we have to be ourselves.''
When asked how he thought Moyes was now perceived on Merseyside following his decision to leave Everton, Martinez added: “I don't think that is something that I spend much time [thinking] about. I think David Moyes did a fantastic job over the last 11 years and that is what I want to keep. Everything else that has happened are normal situations which would occur in football
“From our point of view I will always look at Everton in terms of getting stronger and progressing internally and on the pitch and I think we have done that in the last five months. It is not our style to look elsewhere [at other clubs and managers]. We want to assess ourselves what we do internally, not having to look elsewhere.''
Information from the Press Association was used in this report