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Pre-match press conference

02/04/2015  Comments (26)  jump

Another pre-match press conference with Roberto Martinez heralds the return of regular Premier League games this weekend, with the talkative Everton manager happy to address a range of topics:

  • New proposals for homegrown quotas
  • Gerard Deulofeu expected to struggle at Barcelona
  • But unlikely to leave due to their transfer ban
  • Plaudits for Ross Barkley's England performances
  • Barkley playing as a striker
  • Everton playing for a third successive win
  • Playing out the remains of the season
  • Targeting 40 points and finishing as high as possible
  • The summer break and no distraction for pre-season training!
  • Southampton, the competition for Saturday's game
  • Injury update: fitness test for Lukaku; Kone 100% fit
  • Mirallas and Pienaar up for assessment
  • Hibbert and Oviedo still out injured
  • Criticism of McCarthy by a certain Irish pundit

Watch the full 15-minute interview at the link below:

Watch this week's Martinez presser at

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Eugene Ruane
1 Posted 02/04/2015 at 15:03:08

Cue 200 "He's shite!" "He's boss!" posts (and probably one 'he's a coward').


Eugene Ruane
2 Posted 02/04/2015 at 15:08:29
Not exactly sure why that's not working (probably coz the Echo are fucking hopeless)

Anyway it's Delofeu.

John Gee
3 Posted 02/04/2015 at 15:53:27
He wants us to get to the 40 points mark and then push on to see what we can achieve. Oops! For a minute there I thought it was November not April.

It's April and we're still not safe from relegation, you moron.

David Greenwood
4 Posted 02/04/2015 at 16:31:17
Cynical Eugune, but very true.
Tony J Williams
5 Posted 02/04/2015 at 16:41:37
"Targeting 40 points and finishing as high as possible"

Interesting, some managers got slated and called useless for the same thing.

Patrick Murphy
6 Posted 02/04/2015 at 16:46:05
Tony J (#5),

It's not wrong for any Premier League manager to begin the season seeking 40 points as a bare minimum target for their team but it is very different if that is the Manager's sole ambition. Roberto should have said this far earlier in the campaign and made sure that the target was reached sooner rather than later.

Everton have eight games to achieve that 40-points mark and hopefully they will get many more than the six points required from those games. A team with Champions League or Europa League ambitions should be looking to enter the New Year with around 40 points on the board – the fact that we are still seeking that points haul with only eight games to go tells the sorry story of a sorry season.

Brian Harrison
7 Posted 02/04/2015 at 16:49:32
Just watched the 15 minutes of his usual rambling answers. Glad we only have to listen to him before and after games... imagine having to go to Finch Farm everyday and hear him rambling on.

He was asked about Dyke's proposal about getting younger players into first teams, he said as a club it's one of our main aims. I bet that had Garbutt and Browning and McAlney smiling.

I found the 40 points comments interesting as when OFM said this, usually in November, he was accused of being negative... mind, even the charlatan would have difficulty putting a positive spin on still being well short of 40 points in April.

Tom Bowers
8 Posted 02/04/2015 at 18:53:06
He hasn’t made much sense in any conferences this season.

A lot of excuses and lame optimism that hasn’t helped the team improve.

There really hasn’t been one game where one can say they played excellently and won which in itself is disheartening given some of last season’s games with basically the same squad.

Most of us know that some of the games won, even in the Europa League, were iffy;a general lack of cohesion and confidence has been evident throughout the campaign which suggests RM has been helpless in dealing with it.

No matter what happens against Soton (and it will be a tough game), I suspect staying clear of the bottom section is pretty much a certainty, based on the fixtures other teams have left, which may be just as well.

There will be lots of changes come the end of the season and I am not sure I want to risk having RM start next season at the helm but BK stuck with the last manager for so long he probably won’t bat an eyelid regarding RM.

Patrick Murphy
9 Posted 02/04/2015 at 19:42:46
Sounds like maybe somebody at the club has had a word in Roberto's ear if this report of Roberto's press conference in the Echo is correct and if he meant "we" as him, his staff and his players.

Martinez said: "It's not just a motivation for players, it's the reality. We are in the results business, and always we need to be assessed in terms of being part of a winning team.

"The mentality of the football club is to win things and to be consistent in terms of the level that we showed last season.

"So for the next eight games, we are all fighting to be part of the future of the football club."

Tony Abrahams
10 Posted 02/04/2015 at 20:53:23
Think it's close to a sell-out, which shows incredible support after the shite we have had to endure this season. Glad we had a break because we needed it after Kiev, but I'm hoping we now see a good game on Saturday.

If the Premier League is a circus, then Roberto has deffo been the clown, and these next 8 games could well decide how many people are going to renew their season tickets for next season as well!

Michael Winstanley
11 Posted 02/04/2015 at 21:50:36
Hope Delboy ain't off to that lot, that would be tragic.

Lennon and McGeady out wide.
Barkley and Lukaku up top.
Barry/Osman and McCarthy.
Baines Jagielka Stones Coleman
Bag o' shite Howard in goal.

Dick Fearon
12 Posted 02/04/2015 at 22:37:46
Tony A (#10),

If there was a slowdown in season ticket sale, we can expect our very own impresario to open talks with a potential buyer. As with so many times before, it will be under the cloak of a confidentiality clause.

I am not too confident over that proposed new stadium either. In a statement about it, a club spokesman said we intend to investigate, followed by, it could be part of a regeneration scheme that could potentially house a new stadium. It is in the early stages of developing a plan etc.

What I take from those weasily words is similar to Kings Dock with more than another pinch of salt.

If the club had any real intention to build a new stadium it would've swooped on the Stanley Park site as soon as the other lot said they would not use it. All necessary permits had been cleared and it was ready to go.

Trevor Peers
13 Posted 02/04/2015 at 23:22:55
What evidence is there that a slowdown in season ticket sales would lead our beloved chairman to open talks with potential buyers? I get the impression BK is similar to Doug Ellis, the old Villa chairman, who only relinquished his power when he became so frail he was wheelchaired into the stadium.

An old luvvie like Blue Bill could still be Chairman at 90! I wonder which league we will be in by then?

Harold Matthews
14 Posted 03/04/2015 at 00:26:12
A phoney 15 minutes of harmless questions.
Ross Edwards
15 Posted 03/04/2015 at 01:10:18
That's why we are stuck with Martinez for the next couple of years even if he continues struggling. What pathetically easy questions. A total waste of 15 minutes that.
Eric Myles
16 Posted 03/04/2015 at 01:48:52
"Targeting 40 points and finishing as high as possible"

Reminds me of a line from a Who song: "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss."

Eugene Ruane
17 Posted 03/04/2015 at 01:29:50
Ross, to be fair, I haven't heard any manager or player in the last 20 years, asked any question by any journalist, that made me think 'good question'.

All staggeringly pointless and obvious space and/or time filler shite.

(After 5-0 defeat: "I imagine that must have been very disappointing?" "Well, yes, we never really got into..." etc.)

For me, virtually all available opinion on football is puerile garbage.

When Saturday Comes has a few challenging articles that offer insight and intelligence and the magazine Back Pass is very entertaining, but everything else on the game seems to go out of it's way say fuck-all.

Eric Owen
18 Posted 03/04/2015 at 06:37:18
Reading today's Daily Mirror they comment that Deulofeu will be moving at the end of this season. This rumour is attributed to Metro. Liverpool FC is the suggested buyer so pray the copy below is an April Fool's report:

"Liverpool will bid for Barcelona starlet Gerard Deulofeu when the season draws to a close, according to Metro.

"The 21-year-old Spaniard is currently on a season-long loan at Sevilla and will reportedly be sold by Barca at the end of the season after failing to impress.

"Brendan Rodgers is keen on the winger who shone in the Premier League during his loan spell with Everton last season.

"Deulofeu became something of a fans' favourite during his time at Goodison Park – a status which would surely be lost should he move to Anfield."

Ray Roche
19 Posted 03/04/2015 at 07:44:00
It'a a shame that press conferences don't have to include a cross election of fans. Ours would be very cross indeed.

"Roberto, why are we playing such shite football under your management?"

"Do you know the meaning of phenomenal?"

"Why don't you just....?"

"Oh, and take the bellend defensive coach with you!"

Harold Matthews
20 Posted 03/04/2015 at 11:43:16
Eric. Makes sense but very worrying. Give Delboy the Sterling role and watch him fly. Brenda is definitely not daft.
Chris Gould
21 Posted 03/04/2015 at 12:01:02
I don't think Deulofeu is anywhere near as good as Sterling and would flatter to deceive in a floating role. He isn't nearly as good as we remember him to be.

I think we were spellbound by glimpses of genius. He offered nothing defensively and had very little end product, but he did frighten defenders and bring excitement. He's a final 25 mins impact player.

Brian Harrison
22 Posted 03/04/2015 at 12:18:19
Chris 21

Your assessment of Deulofeu may be right but I would rather have 25 minutes of Deulofeu than 90 minutes of Pienaar, Mirallas, McGeady, Atsu or Lennon.

Ross Edwards
23 Posted 03/04/2015 at 13:03:29
Very true Eugene. I think they fear the possibility of upsetting people. No journalist would dare to nail Mourinho or Van Gaal with an honest question because they'd just walk out or have a tantrum.
Dave Abrahams
24 Posted 03/04/2015 at 17:56:03
Brian (22), I liked Delboy but would rather have 90 minutes of Lennon than 25 minutes of the Spanish boy. Same goes for Pienaar if he can get back to fitness.
Richard Reeves
25 Posted 04/04/2015 at 17:35:17
It would be great to get Deulofeu back, we need more flair and trickery in the team and not least more firepower. Januzi is another player I want the club to go for so we have either wing covered and Hughes from Derby would give Barkley good competition.

All very talented players and the same age. I’d be gutted if we signed Lennon. Just add Cleverly to that and next season will begin with even more negativity than now.

Dick Fearon
26 Posted 09/04/2015 at 09:34:12
I am weary of this bloke's phsycobabble with my only hope that he will eventually disappear up his own arsehole.

I do not agree with all of Dunphy's criticism of McCarthy but he does raise a few issues that James would be wise to take note of. The one I would emphasise is the lad's lack of ability to make a penetrative forward pass of more than 30 yards.I sometimes wonder if he has a problem with his long sightedness.

I remember a keeper that I coached many years ago with that problem. He was great when dealing with anything in the box yet long-range shots would leave him flat-footed and easily beaten.

On another topic, I have read every book on or about the game I could lay my hands on. One of the more memorable was one by Dunphy titled A Diary Of A Professional Footballer. One I certainly recommend

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