Everton manager admits club have a season-defining week
Roberto Martinez preparing team for Merseyside derby before FA Cup semi-final clash against Manchester United
April 19th, 2016
It’s been a funny old season for Everton. Some bright performances and results during the early part of the campaign suggested that the blue half of Merseyside might even be celebrating a top four place this term.
However, things have not gone to plan despite a recent boost to the club’s finances and Roberto Martinez knows the next two games will make or break his future with the Toffees.
The Spaniard started off on popular terms with most fans although supporters are getting sceptical of his attempt to brush off poor performances and results, with Liverpool and Manchester United looming large in league and cup.
“Football is about results and I would never be stupid enough to look away from that,” said Martínez, who has taken responsibility for the dire return at Goodison. “From the first day I was the one who drove the expectations here, and the hunger and desire to be competing where we should be at Everton – playing attractive, competitive football and going eye-to-eye with teams. That is what we are going to do. We need our fans more than ever. This week is our opportunity to show how good we can be when we are together.
“Our away record is the way forward. It is quite a unique situation. A team can go through a bad spell home and away but it is rare to see a team that is so consistent away. It is Champions League form. Our home form has to mirror that as it would enable us to fight for what we want to achieve and we will assess that at the end of the season.
“Our results have not been good enough at home and I take responsibility for that. It is not a question of style. It is a case of becoming better at what we want to do.”