Roberto Martinez appears to be on a slippery slope at Everton.
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Last month we reported that several first team players are losing faith in Martinez’s tactics with the Toffees currently sitting in a disappointing 12th spot after yet another sub-par Premier League campaign.
Following their defeat to Manchester United last weekend, veteran left back Leighton Baines had the following to say to the Liverpool Echo.
“I just don’t feel as though the chemistry is quite there with the team on the pitch at the moment, and it hasn’t been for a while,” Baines said.
Well, that added further fuel to the fire that Martinez is ‘losing the dressing room’ at Goodison Park and now he’s had a chat with Baines who has apologized for the comments.
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Speaking to the media ahead of their trip to Watford this Saturday (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET online via Live Extra), Martinez revealed that Baines has apologized.
“What he intended to say is that when you’re not getting the results you lose confidence so a ball that could go in hits the crossbar and it goes out,” Martinez said. “At the other end, a half chance ends up in the back of the net.
“That’s what he meant and it was more of a feeling of disappointment and frustration and obviously he used the wrong words.
“It’s very disappointing when you see a bit of a misinterpretation of certain words that a player says. Clearly this has been taken out of context in the way that it’s come out.
“But someone with the experience of Leighton Baines – and he knows, I’ve had a chat with him – he has to take responsibility for those words. They’ve been given the opportunity to attract a meaning that is not right and for that he apologized.
“We expect a senior figure at Everton to take responsibility, to make sure that we speak on the pitch, and the way to do that is against Watford.”
Everton has 38 points from 30 games in the PL this season and unlike last season — they finished 11th in the PL in 2014-15 — they don’t have Europa League action to blame for poor performances.
The Toffees have lost each of their last three PL games and with new majority owner Farhad Moshiri set to pump millions into Everton this summer, many fans, pundits and former players are questioning whether Martinez is the right man to take Everton forward after spending three years at Everton.
Internal talks about media comments never usually end well…