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Byline: GREG O'KEEFFE

THEY bonded over daily meals in a Spanish restaurant - and Lee Trundle reckons Roberto Martinez has the perfect ingredients to spice up Goodison next season.

The pair have been friends since their playing days at Swansea, when Everton's new boss was first Trundle's captain and then manager.

And boyhood Blue Trundle is thrilled that the 39-year-old Catalan has taken over at Goodison, and can't wait to see him lead the Toffees into the forthcoming campaign.

In the final part of Post Sport's series looking at the development of Martinez from player to manager, Trundle explained how it was always evident that the former Wigan chief's brains and people skills would land him a top job in English football.

"As a captain he was great," explains Trundle. "He was always the type of leader who was keen to keep the team together and help us bond.

"At the time Swansea were in League Two and still at the Vetch. There were no facilities where we trained for the players to gather around and eat afterwards, so Roberto used to take us to a nearby Spanish restaurant called Paco's each day "He got us a good deal and we ate good, healthy food. Likewise he'd always be there on team bonding nights out even though he didn't drink.

"He'd be the one making sure we were all OK and sometimes saying 'It's time to go home'. It didn't take a genius to work out he was going to be a good manager."

Trundle believes Martinez shared a common trait with many future successful managers - an obsession with the beautiful game that was not just limited to his playing time.

"All he did was talk about the game," he says.

"His knowledge about players across Europe was vast.

"He knew who was well thought of in the lower Spanish leagues, and who was up and coming in Germany."

While Martinez was rarely a shouter in the dressing room - as captain or manager - Trundle says his players knew full well when they had erred.

"He led by example and you didn't want to let him down. He wasn't a bawler or a shouter but you knew when you'd done something wrong.

"It's like when you're a kid and sometimes it's worse when your mum and dad are just quiet and don't shout at you. It'd be like that.

"Everyone had such respect for him as a guy and a professional."

Trundle, a veteran of 15 clubs during his long and varied career, rates Martinez as one of the top motivators he has worked under.

"His man management was outstanding," he insists. "Any player would relish playing for him. Graeme Jones (his Goodison assistant boss) was his number two then and he would come down hard on you if he had to.

"But lads would go in to see Roberto - maybe they would be out of the team, angry and down - but they'd come out feeling like the best player in the world."

Trundle admits he is excited to see the brand of football Everton play under Martinez. "That way of playing Swansea developed right up until the current day all started with him," he says.

"He changed it round from under Kenny Jackett when sometimes it would be a bit direct.

EXCITING: Lee Trundle in Swansea days Swansea were promoted in his first season.

"I had four or five months as a player under Roberto before I moved to Bristol City and really enjoyed it. It's good to see he's wasted no time doing some brisk business in the transfer market at Everton already. He's seen the Wigan boys (Arouna Kone, Antolin Alcaraz and Joel Robles) day in day out while he was there, and obviously feels they have plenty more to offer.

"He'll know they are players who get their heads down and work hard.

"I can't wait to see how they fit in, and the good thing is Everton already have a bunch of players who are comfortable on the ball so hopefully they'll adapt quickly to the way he likes teams to play.

"It's exciting times."

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EXCITING: Lee Trundle in Swansea days

THE SWAN THAT I WANT: Roberto Martinez with the League One Championship trophy in 2008
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