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Martinez admits pressure comes with the territory

by | 26/05/2015  Comments (28)  jump

Roberto Martinez says that he welcomes the pressure of trying to find a way to make Everton successful despite being at a financial disadvantage to the big five clubs in the Premier League.

Speaking to the fan sites last Friday, the Catalan explained, however, that it is going to take time to continue the work he began two years ago and that the club needs to stick together.

Asked how he felt he would cope with the pressure now of having to replace some of the older members of the squad without, in his words, having another 28m to spend, the Martinez restated hie belief that it is possible to compete without having a massive transfer budget.

"I want that pressure," he said. "I wouldn't enjoy saying, well, we are Everton and we're happy to finish top 10'. I'm here to win titles, to try to achieve footballing dreams. I believe that and I don't think you need the finances that others have in order to achieve [it].

"But it is true that the fans need to understand what I'm trying to do and we need to have a bit of time in order to be able to compete with the other teams. But the pressure needs to be there. Unless you have the pressure and the expectations, you'll never achieve. That's the reality of it. I've been involved in the Premier League for six years now and it has to be that intense. Unless you're 100%, you're not going to win football games.

"It's been a demanding season but last season, when we got the highest points tally of the Premier League era, we got 21 points out of the last 30. Now (before the defeat to Spurs), we are on 19 of the last 27 so we cold actually finish with a better return this season than last season over the last 30 [available] points, so that shows you that once we were under massive pressure and facing adversity we got an incredible character that makes me feel very excited about the future."

Martinez revealed some understandable disappointment at some of the crowd reaction to certain performances and criticism of his performance personally, but he acknowledged that it comes with the territory.

"I understand it. When the results were not there, it's going to turn that way. Deep down you get a little bit disappointed because you feel that we are a special football club and that we are going to stick together and we're going to get through the adversity together and that's going to help us to grow and achieve something special.

"It's like a family. You don't want to see people diverting and getting doubts because it's going to cost the team results. But I accept it because I understand how the game works and it is my job then to bring the belief back to the fans and give them enough signs that the team will perform. But it is a shame because you want that support and understanding when things are not going well.


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Phil Walling
1 Posted 26/05/2015 at 19:09:31
Â’The fans need to understand what I am trying to doÂ’, says Martinez. Believe me, Roberto, IÂ’ve tried.... but to no avail.

Next time you meet up with him lads, can you ask him to explain.....but in simple unjargonistic language, please?

Denis Richardson
2 Posted 26/05/2015 at 19:22:50
Haha - thatÂ’s a classic, I actually laughed out loud. Oh Roberto, you are a fucking comedian! I doff my cap.

Sorry, IÂ’ll explain; it was the below bit that had me laughing.

Â’We got 21 points out of the last 30. Now (before the defeat to Spurs), we are on 19 of the last 27 so we could actually finish with a better return this season than last season over the last 30 [available] points.Â’

So weÂ’re now at the stage where we dissect specific parts of the season that are (not even) better than the last and based on that Â’we could have finished betterÂ’. IÂ’ve heard of clutching at straws but thatÂ’s seriously taking the piss.

But hey, he says it Â’with a straight faceÂ’ and Â’looks you in the eyeÂ’ so I guess itÂ’s all okay....

Brian Harrison
3 Posted 26/05/2015 at 19:11:45
I have been a critic of RM and I see nothing in these comments that leads me to believe that he can turn around this season's poor form.

As a fan of over 60 years, I find it insulting that he thinks the dire boring football we play we should have not criticized or as he puts it "It's like a family; you donÂ’t want to see people diverting and having doubts because it's going to cost the team results."

DidnÂ’t his own players question his style of play never mind the fee paying fans. He says he is here to win titles, well talk is cheap, and did he really think that the way to improve a team that was used to finishing in the top 6 was to bring with him 4 players that made up the spine of his team that got relegated from the Premier League.

He says that he doesn't believe that lack of money that other clubs have is a reason not to win titles. He also says he doesn't want us just to be known as a top 10 club, well I hate to remind him but he didn't even achieve that this season. I would just say that I am lucky, I have seen us win league titles and FA Cups and even a European trophy so I don't need him to try and kid us that the mediocre football he and his players have dished up has been either incredible or phenomenal. So stop trying to pull the wool over spectators with your inane comments before and after games and because we have seen it before we will know when the team are incredible or phenomenal.

Michael Winstanley
4 Posted 26/05/2015 at 19:28:29
Phil, itÂ’s simple.

You keep the ball, possession based football, prod and probe and try to create the perfect goal, if itÂ’s not on then go back rather than lump it in and see what happens. So the ball goes back and we start again.

What Martinez wants is for our forward/creative types to Â’play in between the linesÂ’ = find space, receive the ball and either run or pass but at pace.
This season weÂ’ve not had the nouse to mix it up enough, too much safety first and slow ponderous passing until Gibson came back.

He wants our full backs high up the pitch creating chances, he wants our wide players to be skillful and quick and good in one v ones.

He wants us to be tactically aware and be able to change within games plus he wants to win games rather than defend.

Quite simple really but as Jose pointed out after the 6-3, you have to have the players to play that way and get the results.

Trevor Peers
5 Posted 26/05/2015 at 19:31:05
What pressure is Roberto talking about? Managing Everton is not a pressure job, low expectations are a given, the owner is happy with a top 10 finish.

The real pressure comes with expectation, across the park Brenda is under pressure and he looks ill on it, the RS really do expect to win trophyÂ’s but happily they have forgotten how to. ItÂ’s amusing to hear Roberto bigging up the pressure, but really there is none.

Just keep us in the Premier League, Roberto.

Andy Crooks
6 Posted 26/05/2015 at 19:33:03
Michael and Lyndon, I like the way that you are allowing the coachÂ’s interview to be dissected point by point. What is the background to this sort of interview? Was Paul an official ToffeeWeb representative? Are boundaries set on questions?Is it done every year? Do other clubs do it?

IÂ’m asking these questions because I think itÂ’s a fine thing to do and it shows an effort at engagement that I see as part of Everton being a community club.

I think if it happened more often and perhaps with players involved there might be a little less of the understandable gratitude and reverence, and maybe more of making them aware that Everton is more important than money to us.

Colin Glassar
7 Posted 26/05/2015 at 19:42:06
Spot on, Michael W, but that wonÂ’t change peopleÂ’s views about him. He needs the players to play the football he wants to play.

Unfortunately, with this board, he wonÂ’t get them so he will have to make do with what pittance he is given.

Patrick Murphy
8 Posted 26/05/2015 at 19:49:14
Colin - He didnÂ’t have the cash at Wigan either and his philosophy was exactly the same, I really donÂ’t know where weÂ’ll be this time next year but I fear that RobertoÂ’s appointment will be a mistake too many from Bill and his mates.
Denis Richardson
9 Posted 26/05/2015 at 19:56:16
Colin, itÂ’s a bit much for you to use the cash excuse for the football weÂ’ve played this season. Southampton, Stoke, Swansea and West Ham all have lower wage bills than ours. I didnÂ’t see them spending 𧴜M odd... all finished higher than us and embarrassingly played more attractive football. Even Stoke and AllardyceÂ’s West Ham!

But itÂ’s okay, this season was not the manager's fault because he didnÂ’t have bucket loads to spend. Shall I add that to the multitude of other excuses heÂ’s come out with? He smashed our transfer record with Rom, a striker who needs the ball played at pace to run onto, and we play 4-mph football, with one winger (sometimes). But itÂ’s not his fault as we canÂ’t sign David Silva.....

How does any lack of funds explain turning one of the best defences in the league to something far worse? (He didnÂ’t even need to buy a defender... Stones came ready made.)

The thing that annoys me most is that this season has been shit, plain and simple, yet there is no admission that he fucked up. If he at least came out with ’we made some mistakes which we’ll put right etc’ then at least the fans could just about accept it. But no, it’s never his fault and now fans come out with the money excuse – really? That’s your reason for losing at home to the likes of Stoke, Sunderland and Palace? Failing to beat the likes of Hull, Leicester, Stoke, Sunderland and Swansea, home or away?

Next season will be what it will be, until then time to log off TW and enjoy the summer. See you back in July when weÂ’ll have signed no one.

Adios and sin miedo... my arse.

Peter Mills
10 Posted 26/05/2015 at 21:12:36
ItÂ’s the job of the manager to make the most of the assets at his disposal. Our manager has failed to do that.
Peter Mills
11 Posted 26/05/2015 at 21:25:13
Utter drivel.
Tom Bowers
12 Posted 26/05/2015 at 21:49:39
If RM can get this team into the top 6 next season it will be a miracle.

Whilst I thought his first season was mostly a reaction by the squad to having a new gaffer as so often happens I certainly felt totally let down by what has just happened this season and his post-match comments after all the mediocre performances and there were many.

We all agree the squad needs new players to replace all those who underachieved but will RM recognize who the underachievers are?

The team needs more speed and tackling from midfield to offence in order to improve and I am not sure Lennon alone can provide that if he is signed.

Paul Andrews
13 Posted 26/05/2015 at 22:12:24
I think he covers his plan quite well to be fair. The main statement is the need for time to develop the club
Jon Withey
15 Posted 26/05/2015 at 23:04:52
If we were to just go with the well-trodden money = success argument then we have finished about right, give or take a few places.

That said, we fans are disappointed because we know the squad is more capable than Everton's turnover and investment would suggest – partly due to some patient work by Moyes.

Moyes has gone though so we need a new way of working in budget. Sadly, Martinez has hardly been plucking bargain diamonds from the rough. HeÂ’s basically been completely unremarkable this season. I wouldn't swap him for Bruce, Sherwood, Brendan, Allardyce, Pearson, Dyche, Poyet, Pulis.

It's hard not to look at Koeman, Hughes, Pochettino and Pardew, Monk and wonder whether Martinez can really out-fox them over a season though – money or not.

Lyndon Lloyd
16 Posted 26/05/2015 at 23:37:50
Andy (6) What is the background to this sort of interview? Was Paul an official ToffeeWeb representative? Are boundaries set on questions?Is it done every year? Do other clubs do it?

I don’t know if any other Premier League clubs do it (I’d be surprised if they did – I like to think it’s a very "Everton" thing to do).

Yes, Paul was our official representative as he was last year. We, along with reps from Bluekipper, NSNO, SOS1878, ToffeeTV and WSAG were invited to interview Roberto at Finch Farm.

No boundaries were placed on the questions other than mutual respect, really, and I think thatÂ’s a credit to our fans and the sites involved, really. I recall Mark Rowan requested one item be edited out of last yearÂ’s audio but other than that there was no interference required from the club. Robert Elstone and Brian Doogan sat in this time.

Gerry Quinn
17 Posted 27/05/2015 at 00:13:44
Need a new manager?

Andy Crooks
18 Posted 27/05/2015 at 00:23:21
Thanks for that response, Lyndon. It suggests to me that the club take supporter sites seriously and I think that is admirable. Do you think people at the club read the site? I suspect they do, I know if I was a player, I would.

If you think they do, I think it is an absolute credit to yourself and Michael that you do not compromise on the content. Or maybe you do and there is some real mad stuff that doesnÂ’t see the light of day.

Eric Myles
19 Posted 27/05/2015 at 00:52:20
Gerry (#17), itÂ’s not just the manager, itÂ’s the whole club set-up that seems to be working at Sevilla. Meanwhile we have Kenwright and Elstone.
Harold Matthews
20 Posted 27/05/2015 at 02:24:08
Things have drastically changed in the Premier League over the last two or three years.

According to stats trotted out by someone the other day, we should finish 12th. Not a happy scenario but a fact. Eleven clubs offer bigger wages than us which doesnÂ’t make us an attractive destination for high level players seeking a move. If we were based in London, it might be different, but weÂ’re not.

Phil Sammon
21 Posted 27/05/2015 at 06:08:12
This seasonÂ’s showing has had very little to do with a lack of funds and nearly everything to do with MartinezÂ’s incompetence.

We have some exceptionally good players at the club and almost all of them have massively underperformed. If itÂ’s one or two players, then you can point the finger at individuals and say they need to up their game... but itÂ’s been just about the entire squad.

ItÂ’s good of him to do this interview and I actually agree with a lot of what he says. There are some worrying comments though... particularly about Barry and the Howard/Robles debacle. The former may well be a reliable footballer on the whole, but there was a patch of 8-10 games this season where he was trading on reputation alone.

It’s his pre-match and post-match utterings that have really got to me though. I accept he is a positive chap, but it’s like he’s watching a different game sometimes – most of the time, in fact.

IÂ’m terrified for next season.

Mark Andersson
22 Posted 27/05/2015 at 06:13:25
Denis Richardson, best post of the day.

Martinez is a slippery character, who would do well in politics.

His remarks about the last 30 points is irrelevant as we got very lucky with at least 12 of them. The only satisfactory performance was against Man Utd. The fact that a Stoke side put the red shite to the sword just shows how bad we are.

Martinez trying to fool us into thinking we had a good end-of-season run in and will continue into the next season is bollocks. We have very knowledgeable fans (IÂ’m not one of them) but I read and get educated every day at the insight of the well written articles on TW and the diverse response. With that knowledge, I can now look at games in a different light.

ItÂ’s my belief based on facts and not on wishful thinking that Martinez should be sacked. We know he is not going to be, so we are back to square one.

This blue family have been here for a very long time. Martinez is not our daddy, but a privileged guest at our house. He should know his place and respect us not the other way around. He has not yet earned our respect.

Max Wilson
23 Posted 27/05/2015 at 09:20:08
EDDIE HOWE for manager!
Tom Evans
24 Posted 27/05/2015 at 12:36:04
I cast my mind back a couple of years to matters across the Park when I saw King Kenny haul himself up the steps at Wembley to collect whatever they give out when managing the losing side. The man looked awful, such was the pressure that guy was under ultimately doing a job he was not cut out for.

I then look at RM and see how he has changed physically over these last 12 months. He has gone from a smiling bubbly upbeat character, to someone who looks gaunt and carries a haunted look.

I can only come to the conclusion I had with Dalglish and that is that Martin cannot handle the pressure associated with managing at the top level.

Bill Gall
26 Posted 27/05/2015 at 14:00:55
Colin your statement : He needs the players to play the football he wants to play. Unfortunately, with this board, he wont get them so he will have to make do with what pittance he is given. Unless you are talking about this upcoming season, were it is still only rumors of what transfer money he will be given, there was money available last season but he chose to spend the majority on 1 player.

This season he had ample time to see that the squad he had were not able to play the football he wants to play so, why did it take nearly over halfway into the season to make changes to get results? And if you are aware that you are not going to be able to bring in the type of players you need to play your type of football, and you are not willing to change you style, why would you stay?

Martinez is a professional manager who is paid a large amount every year to get the best out of the players at his club. and must have the skills to get these players playing in a style that they are comfortable playing in . It is no use going on about how he wants the team to play, knowing he does not have the players, and is aware he will have no money to buy who he wants.

If he is going to be Evertons manager for the future he will have to change his attitude from a dreamer to a realist and inter grate some of his philosophy with what players he has combined with what brings results.

Jay Harris
27 Posted 27/05/2015 at 15:30:56
Absolute tosh to say we need players to play his system.

If Mourhino was our manager we would almost certainly be top 4 with the existing squad and would not have wasted money on Alcaraz., Kone, Traore nor blown 28 million on Lukaku.

A good manager prepares his squad properly and builds on solid foundation.

A good manager does not resent his predecessor and get rid of most of his backup staff.

A good manager embraces criticism and responds accordingly with strength not gets good people out of the club.

This man who came in like the new Messiah actually thinks he is but without the substance to back it up.

It is painful to see how out of his depth and in denial he is.

Trevor Peers
30 Posted 27/05/2015 at 21:40:43
Roberto hasnÂ’t got a plan, so the players he buys just do their own thing.

He constantly changes the way the team plays and we canÂ’t defend against even the worst teams in the league.

Before he came we had one of the best defences around. WhatÂ’s going to change next season?

Dan Parker
31 Posted 28/05/2015 at 01:52:41
Pressure comes from finishing in the bottom half of the table with our strongest squad in decades.
Michael Polley
32 Posted 28/05/2015 at 12:22:33
The guy is on another planet !!! His comments are beyond comprehension.

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