With the Blues winless now in six Premier League matches and in danger of getting sucked into the relegation zone if results don't improve, many anxious supporters are looking for the manager to bring in additional reinforcements this month.
Martinez, however, retains his faith in the players at his disposal and he hints that the possible departure of Samuel Eto'o, whose pending move to Sampdoria appears to be on hold, would be the only significant move in or out of the club.
"Apart from [Eto'o], I'll be very surprised if there's any major changes," the 41 year-old told evertonfc.com.
"I think the players we've got out injured are going to be back very soon and I want to see that continuity and a strong squad coming out and showing how strong we can be in the second half of the season.
"The squad is strong enough. We have been missing too many players, even to the extent of losing someone like Christian Atsu who was getting stronger and it would have been a good period for him to be available.
"When he returns from the African Nations Cup he can join some players that will make us really strong again in numbers.
"Clearly the quality has always been there and we showed last season that the squad is good enough."
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1 Posted 20/01/2015 at 19:13:15
2 Posted 20/01/2015 at 19:15:09
3 Posted 20/01/2015 at 19:13:40
4 Posted 20/01/2015 at 19:15:27
I donÂt know whether to laugh, cry or start padding the walls of my cell. These alarm bells keep going off in my head ......
5 Posted 20/01/2015 at 19:17:21
6 Posted 20/01/2015 at 19:15:33
7 Posted 20/01/2015 at 19:12:59
Will Martinez be here come February? Probably not.
8 Posted 20/01/2015 at 19:17:19
9 Posted 20/01/2015 at 19:18:55
10 Posted 20/01/2015 at 19:20:09
So, er, can you explain the first 22 games of this season?
11 Posted 20/01/2015 at 19:24:04
Where is the Stallone monies?
12 Posted 20/01/2015 at 19:14:39
We currently have 1 goalkeeper available who can grow facial hair, 1 centre back who is comfortable on the ball, 2/3 natural wide midfielders and 2 centre forwards with another on the way out. Now can you imagine how low we would be in the table if just 3 of those were injured or suspended and we had to replace them with a so called strong squad member? Well, there is no need to imagine you can look at the table and see.
If the chequebook is closed we are in big, big trouble.
13 Posted 20/01/2015 at 19:23:00
14 Posted 20/01/2015 at 19:27:11
15 Posted 20/01/2015 at 19:24:57
Although to be honest I didnÂt really expect us to sign any one, doubt there is any money to spend as usual.
16 Posted 20/01/2015 at 19:24:38
Realistically, there is only one player who is likely to return any time soon that would have any bearing on our results and that is James McCarthy... and even he wonÂt solve our inability to break teams down.
PienaarÂs inability to stay fit suggests he is done as a regular force, likewise Gibson; Osman is possibly facing surgery and/or retirement; and Distin is no longer first-choice material.
We badly need an injection of something, be it pace, guile, ingenuity, imagination, but MartinezÂs rhetoric is frustratingly "Moyesean" when it comes to transfers which suggests that no money is being made available.
Plus Ã§a change...
17 Posted 20/01/2015 at 19:26:59
18 Posted 20/01/2015 at 19:31:12
19 Posted 20/01/2015 at 19:26:46
20 Posted 20/01/2015 at 19:34:20
He always seems to predicate his strategy on "the last 10 games of the season"... in which case, I hope itÂs a good one.
21 Posted 20/01/2015 at 19:35:40
22 Posted 20/01/2015 at 19:34:07
BK needs to make a firm and quick decision now to back him (with cash, not words) or sack him.
This strongly indicates that RM is toast.
And if heÂs not - we are.
23 Posted 20/01/2015 at 19:30:27
24 Posted 20/01/2015 at 19:37:05
25 Posted 20/01/2015 at 19:38:43
God help us.
26 Posted 20/01/2015 at 19:39:50
27 Posted 20/01/2015 at 19:43:11
28 Posted 20/01/2015 at 19:35:13
BK doesnt wanna spend money and any player worth his salt wouldnÂt commit long term to this chaos, but for a chance at more playing time for six months....maybe we could bring in 2-3 players to change up the scene. Everton is still Everton.
With the old, injured and soon to be departed mercenary all unavailable, our squad depth is thin soup. Roberto needs to take tips from Pocchetino and just pretend he canÂt "speaka the ENG". Really, just shut up for once.
29 Posted 20/01/2015 at 19:41:26
After last nights debacle anyone would do at this stage
30 Posted 20/01/2015 at 19:39:56
If we get beat or fail to win in either of the next two games, blame the git in the front seat of the Main Stand. By then, the windowÂs closed, and we will be further down the slippery slope. However, Billy Bullshitter will still come out and say "donÂt panic".
We are fucked with Martinez, we are going down without new blood. I am so depressed with this manager, LFC will probably win to make it worse.
31 Posted 20/01/2015 at 19:46:26
If me and my two dogs were signed up tomorrow that would "make us really strong again in numbers", doesnÂt mean we would help us win games though.
32 Posted 20/01/2015 at 19:48:29
Hard to remember it being this bad, even under Walter, might be false expectations after highs of last year....
33 Posted 20/01/2015 at 19:46:16
Mike Phelan has just left Norwich because he didnÂt get the managers job there. Him and Kenwright must know each other. IÂm grasping at straws here. The name "bob" hasnÂt been this comical since Blackadder.
Atsu should have been sent back to Chelsea, whatÂs he done for us? He must bring the chocolate digestives for the coach journeys because heÂs offered nothing on the field for us.
34 Posted 20/01/2015 at 19:53:23
35 Posted 20/01/2015 at 19:55:13
36 Posted 20/01/2015 at 20:04:11
38 Posted 20/01/2015 at 20:14:04
And even if we do get everyone back, players will keep getting injured, 19 hamstring injuries in 19 months!
YouÂll keep playing players out of position, to accommodate the favoured ones! And then youÂll continue with your ridiculous tactics and diabolical substitutions!
After last nightÂs debacle opened my e-mail - Auto Cup Scheme Confirmation e-mail taking the proverbial now!
Like others I canÂt see BK giving him any money because he knows RM is on borrowed time and heÂs figuring it out how much itÂs going to cost him to get shut.
39 Posted 20/01/2015 at 20:16:51
Apart from the fear of things going pear shaped and relegation, I worry about what we will be saying at this time next season, if he stays in charge.
If we continue with this outlook, we will die of boredom, and no - one will want to play for us.
Makes me think that our current crop donÂt want to play for us. It explains a lot!
40 Posted 20/01/2015 at 20:19:40
I donÂt want to hear the stuff that Harry Redknap spouts but I want to hear, If we can do something out we will.
I donÂt want to hear "Atsu could be big for us" because the lad looks a million miles off the pace.
Every interview is more embarrassing than the last.he is making me cringe.
41 Posted 20/01/2015 at 20:32:48
42 Posted 20/01/2015 at 20:03:15
43 Posted 20/01/2015 at 20:45:27
44 Posted 20/01/2015 at 20:45:29
45 Posted 20/01/2015 at 20:34:51
46 Posted 20/01/2015 at 20:36:00
However, booing a team is one thing but the hugely audible groans every time Ross didnÂt set the world alight can only serve to further harm his confidence and undermine the free-spirited nature in which he plays his best football. I fear that not only will we flirt with relegation but we will end up losing a player of RossÂs potential.
By all means boo the team off to show how you feel but donÂt single Ross out cos he isnÂt living up to your expectations. Remember how good he can be and remember heÂs 21 years old. Remember also that he is one of us.
IÂm not arsed if we lose a egomaniac like Mirallas. If we lose Barkley cos we drive him out, it will be criminal.
47 Posted 20/01/2015 at 20:53:09
48 Posted 20/01/2015 at 21:02:05
49 Posted 20/01/2015 at 21:03:07
I just canÂt be arsed anymore, I have no love for this Everton team, the manager talks in riddles, the team is abject, full of old journeymen with no fight, never looks like winning a trophy and the only difference this season is they donÂt even look like winning any games..
I really canÂt be arsed with it anymore, will we go down?
We could do yes, do we deserve to go down? If this form continues then yes.
Worst season in recent memory, even eclipsing anything under Moyes which is saying something.
50 Posted 20/01/2015 at 20:55:59
Where is Bilic these days?
51 Posted 20/01/2015 at 20:59:28
Sure, on paper we have a strong squad of players compared to those around us in the table but we have no confidence, no plan, and no leader (off or on the pitch). They havenÂt played like a team since the Arsenal game at the beginning of the season. This also coincided when the season began to officially unravel.
I guess we hope for divine intervention for things to turn now. Better dust off the rosaries
52 Posted 20/01/2015 at 21:19:15
We need him back ASAP!
53 Posted 20/01/2015 at 21:21:11
But I guess not unexpected, I have no idea how this season will play out but I do expect a rip roaring derby.
If we fuck that game up me and Mrs A will drive to Goodison with my 2 blue neighbours and carry the bastard out ourselves.
He has to go at the end of the season, last night was like nothing iÂve seen at Goodison in 33 years.
What a fucking mess.
54 Posted 20/01/2015 at 21:26:53
55 Posted 20/01/2015 at 21:22:31
Enough is enough
Oh and by the way I want Martinez to piss off as well
56 Posted 20/01/2015 at 21:28:44
Hopefully BK and his odd yes men are working on an exit strategy.
Never thought iÂd say that, iÂve always backed our Managers. I even asked Lizzie to marry me in the pub after the Tranmere game in 2000 when we were a complete shambles under Walter.
She said yes and.......erm the rest is history.
As I hope RM will be in April, BK wont do it before then
57 Posted 20/01/2015 at 21:27:08
58 Posted 20/01/2015 at 21:38:11
Get on with it and letÂs move on
59 Posted 20/01/2015 at 21:41:25
Thanks, Bill .
61 Posted 20/01/2015 at 21:40:24
Both have shown they love the badge and given good service.
Save all your frustration for the deluded pontiff that thinks Atsu will save our season.
Eto is out of the door, Atsu has had one foot out of the door since he came, Garbutt has an exit strategy (ItÂs called going on a free and getting a sign on fee) Mirallas has declared his intention, Howard is fucked (whichever way you look at it) and Capt Mainwaring thinks all is well at GP and we donÂt need reinforcements.
FFS Kenwright step in and buy us a top class midfield general like Peter Reid and put Martinez on gardening leave. Trust me he wont know the difference but we will.
62 Posted 20/01/2015 at 21:54:42
63 Posted 20/01/2015 at 21:50:17
WeÂre all gutted at the moment at the dross we have been putting up with. I expect better from Ross but there are lots of players hiding in plain sight and itÂs fuckin appalling. The thing is they donÂt all get groaned at like Ross does cos we collectively hope he can be our saviour. The one man in our squad capable of igniting the team, sadly, is Ossie. Dark days ahead and I just hope the baby (Ross) doesnÂt go with the dishwater (RM).
64 Posted 20/01/2015 at 22:02:20
65 Posted 20/01/2015 at 22:04:03
67 Posted 20/01/2015 at 21:01:08
A further concern is what are the players doing wrong. I know what your thinking "thick idiot", but the passing game is the manager style. Keeping the ball and procession stats show we are on top in most games. How does the manager give the players a rocket up the arse when they are following his game plan.
The passing style we have has killed set plays. The corners and set plays are awful and unless the manager puts this right goals wonÂt come. When the players are sunning themselves. I hope they remember the torment we the fans are in.
The manager will not be sacked, the style will not change, no new players. Start praying!
68 Posted 20/01/2015 at 22:12:56
69 Posted 20/01/2015 at 22:06:45
Is it wrong to think this is actually a desperate situation in footballing terms ? What I donÂt get is this.....regardless of your view of Bill Kenwright.....and here itÂs mostly hugely negative.....he really does seem at his best when focusing purely on the football. IÂm not talking about the dire state of our finances. IÂm talking about football, the team, form, players.....the guy watches a lot of football, mostly us. He just MUST and I mean MUST see how desperate things are ? He canÂt ignore it....his beloved blues are so close to totally losing it......we are in free fall, the manager is so clearly struggling and itÂs simply crazy to think the "spirit" is ok.....even Baines today talks openly about trying to repair that spirit. There are serious issues within the squad and we lack depth.....today the mgr talks as if getting injured players back means (a) they will rescue the season and (b) that absolutely nobody else will get injured or suspended.
What the hell is going on at our club ? How did we slip so badly ? IsnÂt anyone at the club screaming "either get shut of the mgr now or back him massively in the transfer market whatever it takes and do it now"? To do neither is to condemn this great club to the humiliation of relegation and I genuinely believe itÂs that stark a choice. Really, it is. Because relegation will finish us for a decade or more and even borrowing 㿅m now however unpalatable is less so than relegation.
I canÂt believe its reached this pathetic state and frankly you can blame loss of form, injuries and some sad spiritless performances but how anyone could argue that this mess isnÂt down to numerous mistakes by the mgr is beyond me. HeÂs lost it, and no matter how much I like the guy, love his values and his community focus, heÂs made so many errors itÂs not true and we have been going downhill since the last couple of months of last season let alone this.
Really scared this it Everton. IÂd be so happy to be wrong and it wouldnÂt bother me a bit to look stupid but the entire footballing side of the club is unravelling before our eyes. Bill, step up now or your inactivity will kill us off, really, thatÂs how I think many feel.
70 Posted 20/01/2015 at 22:30:00
ThatÂs it. WeÂre saved. Yippee!!!
71 Posted 20/01/2015 at 22:03:06
This oneÂs on Bill. Roberto is the messenger. ThereÂs no money coming for any reinforcements / signings. ThatÂs not RobertoÂs fault.
But the "Atsu will really fucking help us" line is just absurd.
IÂm despondent. In my 8 years of support IÂve been blessed, unlike many of you, to have not seen us near the drop.
WeÂre officially in a relegation battle. And IÂm now officially fucking scared to death.
On that note if we are dropped (God forbid knock on wood), whatÂs an American to do? How the fuck will I even be able to see games FFS? ItÂll completely ruin just the personal side of the beauty of waking on a Saturday morning, flipping on NBCSN, and watching the Blues. IÂll be reduced to watching on dodgy internet streams in shit quality and praying we get back to the top flight. I realize a fucking ton of you do that already and the mere thought of it has me in knots. Kudos to anyone, anywhere out there doing that now. I just realized how spoiled I am...
This just sucks. WeÂre in a heap of shit with no shovel.
72 Posted 20/01/2015 at 22:53:29
I despair, I really do.
73 Posted 20/01/2015 at 22:46:47
74 Posted 20/01/2015 at 23:11:06
She yells, "WHATÂS HAPPENING!" completely out of her wits and scared to death?
Yea, itÂs kinda like that.
75 Posted 20/01/2015 at 22:44:02
76 Posted 20/01/2015 at 23:42:57
What has annoyed me with Ross is his lack of fight. He doesnÂt tackle, he doesnÂt jump for headers and the lad is a coward. At least twice last night and many other times this season have I seen Ross shit out of tackles. I and many others will never accept that. If he did it at amateur level then iÂd hate to see the treatment he would receive.
I agree that when a player has a bad game we should get behind him, but when a player acts as he did last night he deserves all he gets IMO!
77 Posted 20/01/2015 at 23:59:09
78 Posted 20/01/2015 at 23:55:35
79 Posted 21/01/2015 at 00:04:44
80 Posted 20/01/2015 at 23:59:39
IÂm 62 in a month and have never seen my beloved Everton playing anywhere but in the top flight. As I said on another thread, it is almost surreal to think that next season, Everton could be playing in the Championship while Bournemouth could be gracing the Premier League.
Thanks a lot, Roberto, for totally destroying what should have been a great season for all followers of our great club. Please, Bill Kenwright, get rid of this joker now, while thereÂs still time for someone, anyone, to salvage something from the train wreck our season has become.
81 Posted 21/01/2015 at 00:14:45
If the problem was the leg break, then why not contest headers? Is he afraid? I played football for years at amateur level and you do come across players afraid of heading the ball, but to be afraid of tackling as well? I donÂt get it.
He has talent, but he doesnÂt have a damn clue what to do with it at the moment - all this rolling his foot over the ball, passing sideways - he has no end product with the ball and offers nothing without it. IÂd drop him immediately.
I also just watched the Martinez interview online - what a pile of shit. Still talking about needing to get our confidence back - yeah right, heÂs been saying that for fucking weeks now. Idiot.
82 Posted 21/01/2015 at 00:53:58
Interesting from Nev, although IÂm not convinced it is actually him like.
83 Posted 21/01/2015 at 01:05:01
I will save $109 a Month next season because I will cancel my sat TV.
Each morning I wake up hoping to find on TW that Billy liar has told Bobby bullshit to pack his bags.
Peter Ried would know how to save our season. Big Jo even. We heard the same bullshit from Martinez about the 2nd half of the season last season and it just pitted out.
Anyway I live in hope that itÂs all just a dream and I will wake up and itÂs September.
84 Posted 21/01/2015 at 02:06:12
85 Posted 21/01/2015 at 02:20:16
86 Posted 21/01/2015 at 03:22:47
87 Posted 21/01/2015 at 03:44:59
88 Posted 21/01/2015 at 03:01:03
Since then, weÂve taken two-points from nine in the League, scoring only one goal. WeÂve also been knocked out of the Cup.
I know you like us to be positive types, Bobby, but the build up to this (already begun) second half has been a bit worrying. I mean, our point average of one per game appears relegation form, Bobby. And the table, as they say, does not lie. We also have the worst form in the league over the last six-games. The goals against seems a relegation-ish too - third worst in the league.
I remember in early December when you kicked the ball into the long grass with some of your especially hypnotising BS (that thankfully now only works on a tiny minority). You said we were Âbuilding to that second magical half of the seasonÂ. Well, is this it? IÂm a little underwhelmed, Bobby. And was the big plan for this Âmagical halfÂ the return of Atsu? I donÂt mean to be negative, but I remember your last great plan, Bobby...you know, the one about Âmaximising the points over the Christmas periodÂ. How did that one end? Oh yes, we lost all four games, conceding eight while only scoring three, and all against mid-table teams that we have been consistently beating for years.
In short, Bobby, are you having a complete laugh?
The reality is that weÂre in trouble. IÂm not someone who is foolish enough to say Âour team are too good for relegationÂ. People said the same of Newcastle and Leeds. Instead, I know that the demands placed on a team in a relegation fight differ to those challenging near the top. I love our players, but many of them donÂt know what it is to scrap in relegation 6-pointers. In the scenario I imagined above at game 28, could our players get 12-points in the last ten games? They havenÂt done so thus far this season, and in a relegation scrap, IÂm not sure they could.
LetÂs not put them in that situation. Act now, BK.
Martinez has to go before Palace, otherwise we are in deep trouble, because MARK MY WORDS AND MARK THEM WELL, by the time we get to game 28 with Martinez still in charge, weÂll have only that number or less in points.
Hopefully, BK is well on with contingency planning. If we sack him now then we have ten-days to sort the replacement (De Jong, Garde, Royle?), ten days to reorganise, ten-days of a transfer window for the new manager, one cup to help attract a manager, and most importantly, sixteen games to get eighteen points.
Sacking Martinez is hard. It goes against our culture of giving our man time. But he had his chance. He did it his way, playing an unapologetic style of football that, whilst amazing in season one, he couldnÂt make work in season two. Those who could see his managerial problems have been screaming at him to change, but he ignored it. The players tried to change him, but he ignored it. Like I said, he did it his way. All that now remains of his reign is a gigantic gamble with our Clubs proud top-flight record, and the roulette wheel isnÂt coming up blue.
The truth is that Everton are much bigger than Martinez, and as Southampton have shown this season, there is life beyond the old ÂgeniusÂ manager, no matter what the naysayers say.
Let him go and lets move forward again. COYB!!!
89 Posted 21/01/2015 at 05:50:52
Continuing what exactly? Last season was a long time ago, getting back to form is not continuity, it would take a turnaround of ÂInverse JelavicÂ proportions.
What a phenomenal moment this guy is in.
90 Posted 21/01/2015 at 06:54:02
The problem is that the players, eventually, begin to see through the bs and realise that the emperor, no matter how pleasant a man he might be, is actually stood there stark bollock naked, as the former Danish international Hans Christian Andersen put it in one of his fairy tales. Of which BK is probably the worldÂs greatest fan.
91 Posted 21/01/2015 at 07:41:15
We might be truly fooked if we have to rely on any of the above.
Apologies to my mother (raving Catholic and her birthday today) and to anyone who feels I have offended their prophet.
92 Posted 21/01/2015 at 08:01:05
If, and thatÂs a BIG IF, we do get rid of Martinez, who would like to manage us in this present state? I would love it really love it if we can somehow get Rafa Benitez or even Mr Tinkerman Ranieri.
IÂm not bothered if we donÂt play the continental style football because thatÂs not got us any success this season, but I donÂt mind playing boring boring Arsenal style under George Graham. We need to act fast before itÂs fast to the Championship.
93 Posted 21/01/2015 at 08:06:55
Seeing those celebrations after Bolton went down instead of us makes my toes curl, having gone through it twice in 94 then 98 I thought he was going to make sure it would never happen to us, but look, it is, its a reality, and if BK honestly doesnt want it to happen again (or god forbid we actually do go down) then he either needs to provide funds or replace RM, one or the two, never mind sitting in his Ivory Tower, DO SOMETHING FFS !
94 Posted 21/01/2015 at 08:25:49
HeÂs now going to stand by his man.
One also has to question how fool hardy was it after 1 season to give him a bumper contract extension.
I mean are Arsenal fans chanting for Martinez over Wenger now?
95 Posted 21/01/2015 at 08:30:31
Bill needs to man up and get rid of this idiot before itÂs too late. His interviews are so cringe worthy, IÂve always liked listening to our past managers thoughts but I have to turn him off as soon as he appears on the TV as I know what utter shite heÂll come out with. The Spanish David Brent!
96 Posted 21/01/2015 at 09:01:37
97 Posted 21/01/2015 at 09:12:36
98 Posted 21/01/2015 at 08:32:27
It is not often a thread doesnÂt create a debate but this is a one way ticket and if TW is a fair representation of fans as a whole then BK would be a complete fool to ignore a fan base so committed to RMÂs removal.
Or have I got that last statement wrong?
99 Posted 21/01/2015 at 09:07:22
ÂWord on the streetÂ(that catch-all phrase for describing any rumour with or without substance) has it that defeat at PalaceÂ will doÂ for Bobby as his biggest supporter finally shits his pants at having to face Green & Co.
Okay, he might sanction Hal Absie on a loan but they donÂt really count and a surprise win at Pardew Palace may buy Âour manÂ a reprieve. But only if real money is spent will we know that Chairman Bill has finally put his and EvertonÂs head in the gas oven.
Follow the money, dear brethren. Always follow the money.
100 Posted 21/01/2015 at 09:42:14
101 Posted 21/01/2015 at 09:45:16
I think this could turn out to be a blessing in disguise because who in their right mind would give this fraudster a penny? HeÂd probably go and buy three Wigan players.
As for the Atsu statement... words fail me!
102 Posted 21/01/2015 at 10:35:07
I actually thought weÂd turned a corner after two much improved performances, against City and West Ham (okay we lost that one) but the signs of commitment were there.
Up steps the mighty West Brom. and all the good work has reverted to type.I think a foray into the market is a ÂmustÂ but it seems the board are happy for us to continue with this, by saying there is no money available.
Looks like Mirallas could be on his way now after MondayÂs debacle penalty incident. He was, what I thought the one ray of light we had, but there again, the Football Gods have dictated otherwise.
103 Posted 21/01/2015 at 06:45:45
104 Posted 21/01/2015 at 11:17:27
105 Posted 21/01/2015 at 11:32:51
This was from SSN 29/08/13 1:23pm
Can you believe he said that and now this? Wtf is he on???
So weÂve basically got the same squad as we had September 2013, minus Delofeu and likely to be minus two or three due to LT injuries.
So how the hell are we any stronger? FFS
106 Posted 21/01/2015 at 11:39:41
107 Posted 21/01/2015 at 11:41:59
Evertonians are told we should not criticise these amazing, but fragile talents, or they might leave us. How sad! How would we cope?
Time to bail out of this unreal world. I have supported Everton for about 55 years. I am a season ticket holder, but my grip is slipping. This could be the last time, as the Rolling Stones once said, but not about the beloved Blues...
108 Posted 21/01/2015 at 12:07:06
In all seriousness, whatever you want to blame the manager for (and there is plenty), he canÂt be held accountable for the annual empty January transfer window pot.
110 Posted 21/01/2015 at 12:20:14
111 Posted 21/01/2015 at 12:18:52
112 Posted 21/01/2015 at 12:24:14
113 Posted 21/01/2015 at 12:34:05
Seems he said Championship.
114 Posted 21/01/2015 at 12:30:23
Yes he was there in his usual seat
115 Posted 21/01/2015 at 12:06:35
The only thing missing is "I canÂt manage a football team".
116 Posted 21/01/2015 at 12:54:08
117 Posted 21/01/2015 at 12:53:27
Cracker! Nice one!
But then again, given the fare offered in midfield this season ...
118 Posted 21/01/2015 at 12:57:19
119 Posted 21/01/2015 at 13:27:55
120 Posted 21/01/2015 at 13:19:32
Ian (110), we didnÂt spend 㿈 in August, we spent around 㾸m on Lukaku and Besic, so there should be money available now; you know and I know that most probably there wonÂt be.
HeÂs magic with money, Kenwright. That should have read 㿈m not 㿈 or maybe thatÂs the way Kenwright performs with money!!!!
122 Posted 21/01/2015 at 14:33:16
124 Posted 21/01/2015 at 13:47:18
Looking at the disaster this season appears to be heading, I took a look in Wilkipedia to check on his past career. The first thing I read was when he was given permission to speak to Everton was a quote from D Whelan, WiganÂs chairman, that IMO shows the manÂs character. Whelan stated that Martinez stated that he did not feel that he was the man to lead them out of the Championship back to the Premier League. So, after being responsible for getting them relegated he was not willing to stand by them in the fight to get back to the Premier League? (Talk about a rat leaving a sinking ship!)
After David Moyes handed his notice in, we were told by Bill Kenwright that he would be doing his normal 24/7 to find a new manager for Everton but, after saying he had spoken to football people all over the UK and Europe (I think most of them were programme sellers) he picked Martinez for the interview on the 28 May.
Without going through MartinezÂs past career that is available to any one on Wilkipedia, IMO, apart from a couple of the coaches at Everton being interviewed, Martinez was given the managerÂs position before the end of the season and not long after David Moyes let it be known he was leaving.
Hindsight is an "I told you so" excuse but ask yourself Â– after reading MartinezÂs career on Wilkipedia. would you have hired Martinez for Everton Â– especially after his only time in the Premier League?
125 Posted 21/01/2015 at 14:52:24
There are 38 league games in a season.
Half of 38 = 19
Number of league games played by Everton = 22
22 is greater than 19
Stop going on about how good we will be in the second half of the season Roberto, weÂre already well into it and not showing any signs of improvement.
126 Posted 21/01/2015 at 14:56:32
As I said on another spread, I hope he disappears up a camelÂs arse whilst out in Qatar.
127 Posted 21/01/2015 at 15:01:17
"It is not often a thread doesnÂt create a debate but this is a one way ticket and if TW is a fair representation of fans as a whole then BK would be a complete fool to ignore a fan base so committed to RMÂs removal. Or have I got that last statement wrong?"
Or have I got that last statement wrong?"
It would appear that you did (surprisingly) get it wrong. Two fan polls on GOT and NSNO show that 70% of the voters do not want Martinez sacked. I have to say those results have really surprised me!
128 Posted 21/01/2015 at 15:32:59
129 Posted 21/01/2015 at 15:49:58
It also strikes of something similar - 70% possession with nothing to show but tears. I hope this is only a coincidence and nothing sinister in play here!
130 Posted 21/01/2015 at 15:59:32
At 4m he is comfortably MartinezÂ best signing in my eyes with only McCarthy admittedly for competition.
131 Posted 21/01/2015 at 16:02:46
132 Posted 21/01/2015 at 16:09:08
Totally agree with you there mate, but why, when Besic has been one of the few (or even the only one) playing with what Evertonians want to see, Passion, is he always substituted?
133 Posted 21/01/2015 at 16:07:42
٢M! .... 7 times that and we could buy, well, a Lukaku.
134 Posted 21/01/2015 at 16:15:53
If true then obviously BKÂs not going to give him any cash to spend this window...so, new face in the dug out for the derby then!
135 Posted 21/01/2015 at 16:22:34
The young ones must learn when to do certain things and when not to but I love them exuding that belief that they can do them. A few more like Stones and Besic around and weÂll be alright.
136 Posted 21/01/2015 at 16:30:45
137 Posted 21/01/2015 at 16:34:50
139 Posted 21/01/2015 at 17:20:52
140 Posted 21/01/2015 at 17:32:58
141 Posted 21/01/2015 at 17:32:04
142 Posted 21/01/2015 at 18:19:40
143 Posted 21/01/2015 at 18:52:27
144 Posted 21/01/2015 at 18:56:04
145 Posted 21/01/2015 at 19:03:55
146 Posted 21/01/2015 at 19:01:55
And as for Monday. Propaganda Goebbels would be proud of. CouldnÂt believe the rubbish he was spouting. Even Neville and Carragher could see through the bullshit.
And if he seriously thinks that Atsu, who canÂt even get on our bench can save our season, them he is absolutely deluded. I really think relegation is a genuine possibility.
147 Posted 21/01/2015 at 19:16:05
Sarcasm is alive and well on ToffeeWeb.
149 Posted 21/01/2015 at 19:37:01
Atsu is going to make a difference? Must be a different player to the one IÂve seen embarassing himself, when heÂs not unfit.
WhereÂs Lacina Traore when you need him...
151 Posted 21/01/2015 at 21:40:32
In regards to no funds if we sack Martinez: fine, we have the players here who can dig us out of this mess, if allowed to play direct football, instead of tippy tappy football.
Quite a few have commented on McGeady giving the ball away; most have happened in our own half of the field with trying to outpass our opponents. Unless we act now, I really do not see Roberto changing the style of play, and thatÂs very, very worrying.
153 Posted 21/01/2015 at 22:04:53
Train to be Mr Zero - in terms of our next 9 points? Quite possibly
155 Posted 22/01/2015 at 02:48:21
156 Posted 22/01/2015 at 09:12:49
The clubs below us will be rolling the dice on managers and transfers. It will be suicidal of us not to do either.
If we end the transfer window with no signings yet RM is still in place, then you can blame Bill as well as Martinez if we get relegated. In my eyes, if we lose to Palace, he has to go.
157 Posted 22/01/2015 at 09:26:50
Teams that don’t score are in big trouble, especially when stuck at the bottom. Look what Ings has done for Burnley, even QPR have Austin. Does anyone see Rom doing it for us in the run in?
158 Posted 22/01/2015 at 12:18:05
Now, if Colin and Brian will just get with the programme that many of us have advocated for a long time, we might just have a united front; Martinez out! NOW!!!!
159 Posted 22/01/2015 at 14:39:27
"I have my eyes on young players from the Netherlands. Not now, but for next season."
How the fuck did we miss out on a Manager like Koeman!? And how the hell is he at Southampton??
160 Posted 22/01/2015 at 15:39:58
161 Posted 22/01/2015 at 16:12:35
162 Posted 22/01/2015 at 19:26:30
163 Posted 22/01/2015 at 21:31:54
167 Posted 22/01/2015 at 23:25:48
1. A Goalkeeper
2. A Centre Half with positional awareness
3. A Manager who knows what heÂs doing
4. A Sniper.
169 Posted 22/01/2015 at 23:28:51
To SSNÂs dismay this could be the quietest transfer window in recent memory.
170 Posted 23/01/2015 at 00:09:28
IÂm just glad that the rest of us can see the days of buying a Wigan player, playing players out of position, enforcing inappropriate strategies, poorly organising the back room, blowing our closed season with ESPN in Brasil, paying over the odds for players, throwing long term contracts to around like confetti, spending Ânot much timeÂ planning defence and, finally, describing poor performances as ÂphenomenalÂ, are all soon to be gone.
172 Posted 23/01/2015 at 09:54:04
The old cartel of directors who served this club well and ran it with an iron fist from the 50s to the 70s will be turning in their graves at the shambles the our club has been allowed to become. Tours of the city should point out "This is where Everton FC used to be".
173 Posted 23/01/2015 at 12:14:05
The only people who care are the fans... players, manager, board Â– they donÂt give a flying fuck. If we go down, at least I can get back to some kind of sanity. I spend way too much time wasted on blue forums. Sad really... oh the joys of being born a blue.
174 Posted 23/01/2015 at 14:01:20
1. Slaven Bilic?
2. Frank de Boer?
3. Gordon Strachan....?
I really hope the lack of funds being supplied is a signal.
175 Posted 23/01/2015 at 15:55:50
176 Posted 23/01/2015 at 17:09:22
177 Posted 23/01/2015 at 17:29:25
178 Posted 26/01/2015 at 08:28:22
179 Posted 27/01/2015 at 12:07:28
We'll still be in the Premier League, but I agree, it's not going to be pretty!
"Ladies & Gents, the Captain has requested that you return of your seats & fasten your belts as we continue our descent..."
Keep the faith people, I'd be surprised if anyone in the Club doesn't really care. COYB, an unexpected win in the derby would be very welcome start (Palace aside).
180 Posted 28/01/2015 at 18:46:21
Should keep the score down to something less embarrassing..
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