Martinez eager to lock horns with Monk
Everton manager Roberto Martinez admits renewing acquaintances with Swansea interim boss Garry Monk will add an extra dimension to Sunday's FA Cup fifth round clash against his former club at Goodison Park.
The duo were team-mates at Swansea for a couple of seasons before Martinez left the South Wales club in 2006 to end his playing career with Chester City.
Martinez subsequently took over as Swansea manager in February 2007 and the Spaniard acknowledged how Monk, as his captain, helped him lay the foundation for his early managerial success at the Liberty Stadium.
"When I took over I decided to bring players from abroad and then you need to rely on that British core, which Garry was the centre of," Martinez said.
"Garry knew how important it was to bring all those different mentalities and cultures together to get a winning side. A big part of what happens in the dressing room is down to the captain, and he brought direction.
"I built a new squad around him as I knew that he was the perfect captain and that he would keep that role for the future, knowing that we were going to bring many different foreigners and talents."
Monk has remained with the Swans since, playing over 250 games for the club, and was placed in temporary charge earlier this month following the sacking of former manager Michael Laudrup.
"Garry had that leadership and that DNA of being able to control a group. I think being a captain at Swansea, where the club is so involved in the community, it prepares you," Martinez added.
"He has had time in the last few months, with not playing any football, to have a look around from a distance and put his thoughts together and develop a good method of work."
- Good bond -
Everton will hand a debut to Ivory Coast striker Lacina Traore, who joined the Toffees on loan from AS Monaco last month but has been recovering from a hamstring injury.
The Toffees are still without Romelu Lukaku (ankle), Bryan Oviedo (broken leg), Arouna Kone and Darron Gibson (both knee).
Meanwhile, Monk is also relishing the chance to pit his wits against Martinez.
"I got to form a really good bond with him when he was here," Monk said.
"I've learnt a lot from him and he is great guy at the top of his game right now.
"But it will be good to see him and his staff as well. We keep in contact and I'm sure that relationship will always be there.
"Of course we still want to progress in the FA Cup and that's what I'm concentrating on.
"We had a good experience in a cup competition last year, and we'll be trying to win the game.
"But we have to approach it how we want to and do the best we can.
"The competition has massive history and all the players will be aware of it growing up and one they look forward to playing in.
"But if we can come through this month with some good performances and good results, then I think it will stand us in good stead for the rest of the season."
Swansea will give a late fitness test to Jonjo Shelvey (hamstring) but Spain striker Michu is unlikely to be risked as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury.