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Martinez is setting a dangerous precedent by persisting with Howard

23/02/2015  Comments (5)  jump
Howard can't be considered as a critical figure; if anything, throughout the entirety of this campaign—while some of Everton's defending has also left much to be desired—the American stopper has been a hindrance to the Blues.

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Mike Gaynes
1 Posted 24/02/2015 at 02:33:35
Some silly stuff in this article. Martinez isn't setting a "precedent"... in fact managers tend to be loyal to off-form keepers more often than not (see Iker Casillas)... and the author's proclamation that Joel has "blossomed into a commanding presence" is a laughable overstatement.

However, his main point is correct. It's time for a new #1.

Ciaran Duff
2 Posted 25/02/2015 at 22:10:57
Well, according to news reports Martinez will stick with Howard tonight :-
http://www.goal.com/en/news/166/europa-league/2015/02/25/9272502/Martinez-to-keep-faith-with-howard

Let me put this question - In what circumstances, barring injury, would RM play Robles?

Andy Crooks
3 Posted 25/02/2015 at 22:15:06
Ciaran, Martinez will stick with Howard because as well as being inept he is arrogant and stubborn. His witless comments force him into a corner where he either looks a deluded fool or stands by his man and looks like, err, a deluded fool.
Mike Allison
4 Posted 01/03/2015 at 08:21:58
The only silly thing in this article is the phrase "Howard's one man mission to get Everton relegated" the rest of it is pretty much spot on.

When things are going badly you need to make some changes, sometimes just for the sake of change. Martinez had one forced on him, it worked, and then he went back to the original way as soon as he could, which then didn't work.

Phil Sammon
5 Posted 01/03/2015 at 09:23:31
We've done this to death haven't we?

It's unanimous, everyone bar Martinez wants Robles in goal.

I don't care how 'influential' or 'experienced' Howard is. If Robles is better in goal then he should play. Very simple.


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