Everton unveil new club crest
Everton revealed their new club crest on Thursday morning, the result of an online poll involving more than 13,000 fans.
Around 10,000 of those fans -- 78 percent of the vote -- chose the winning design, which will become the club’s new badge from next season.
Roberto Martinez has revealed crest A is the next Everton crest. 78% of the vote. http://t.co/WoXdNKjHgC— Official Everton (@Everton) October 3, 2013
The crest was redesigned during the summer just gone, sparking protests after Everton’s motto ‘Nil Satis Nisi Optimum’ -- Latin for “nothing but the best is good enough” -- was removed.
Everton apologised after more than 22,000 fans signed an online petition protesting against the redesign, and the motto has been reinstated in the new crest for 2014-15.
Roberto Martinez said: "I was impressed when I saw it. A huge majority of the Everton fans who voted -- more than 78 percent -- have chosen this one.
"It captures what we were looking for.
"It’s a really nice choice, and I’m sure Evertonians will be happy. It’s been terrific work by the club. It was important that the club listened to our fans and came up with something that pleased everyone.
"The fans made it very clear that they wanted to see our motto and I think it’s very important that the ‘Nil Satis’ is back on the badge."
Meanwhile, Martinez insists Everton have the experience to cope without the "incredible influence" of Gareth Barry at Manchester City on Saturday.
Barry, on a season-long loan from City, is ineligible to play against his parent club -- meaning manager Martinez must reshuffle his midfield.
Leon Osman and James McCarthy are the likeliest candidates to fill the two deeper midfield roles in Everton’s 4-2-3-1 set-up at the Etihad Stadium, with Darron Gibson only just returning to full fitness after a knee injury.
McCarthy partnered Barry against Newcastle, with Osman playing on the left as cover for Steven Pienaar, who has missed the last four games with a hamstring problem.
Pienaar remains a doubt for the trip to City, as does forward Kevin Mirallas, who twisted his ankle against Newcastle.
But it is Barry’s absence that gives Martinez the biggest headache. The England international, who made his 500th Premier League appearance on Monday, has been outstanding since arriving at Goodison Park.
The manager said: "Saturday is going to be a great opportunity for someone else. As a team, you welcome those opportunities.
"There’s been a lot of talk about Gareth Barry making 500 appearances in the Premier League. It’s an incredible stat.
"That just shows you the experience that he has, the know-how. The way he is as a human being, he is an incredible influence for players such as James McCarthy and Ross Barkley.
"He is a player they can look up to, someone who has been through many experiences. He can give a calming influence."
Centre-back Antolin Alcaraz remains Everton’s other definite absentee, having not yet played a competitive game for the club.
Alcaraz, signed on a free transfer after his contract at Wigan expired in the summer, is recovering from a hernia operation and will not be available for another four weeks.
Martinez said: "We hope Darron Gibson is going to be fit. We’ve got two days to see how fully he recovers. We had a little bit of doubt on his knee from the previous knock that he had.
"Kevin Mirallas is still a concern. I would say that he’s 50-50 for the weekend.
"He twisted his ankle. It was a knock during the game against Newcastle. He was able to stay on the pitch, but it’s just a twisted ankle.
"Gareth Barry is ineligible, and the game is probably a little bit too close for Steven Pienaar, and Antolin is still recovering."