In his latest column for the Echo, Kevin Ratcliffe echoes the thoughts of many supporters questioning why Roberto Martinez made such an issue of Leighton Baines's recent comments but kept any discussion he had with Romelu Lukaku regarding his own quotes in the press behind closed doors:
I don't think Leighton Baines should have had to apologise for his comments about Everton lacking chemistry at the moment.
It seems to me that Leighton has had to say sorry for simply telling the truth.
I wonder whether Romelu Lukaku has apologised for what he said on international duty when he spoke about wanting to play in the Champions League next season?
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1 Posted 07/04/2016 at 00:06:55
Although I don't like the man, Chris Sutton called it perfect about Martinez, "always looking to blame someone else for his own short comings", mark my words he will be gone very soon from what I was told today, and the man been lined up to replace him.... Eddie Howe
2 Posted 08/04/2016 at 00:09:54
3 Posted 08/04/2016 at 00:16:02
Surely our club have a duty of care and are obliged to spare him public humiliation. He deserves a pay off because he will never work again. What club, other than Everton, would tolerate this inept, vain, arrogant utter prick.
4 Posted 08/04/2016 at 00:16:38
6 Posted 08/04/2016 at 00:40:22
7 Posted 08/04/2016 at 01:44:08
Or... Could it be that he thought Baines's comments reflected badly on him personally and that was more important than criticism of Lukaku?
Take your pick; not many others reasons are there?
8 Posted 08/04/2016 at 06:34:48
Picture this scenario: we sell Lukaku... Stones... and maybe Barkley. Martinez then promotes Kone and talks up Niasse and he brings in reported targets, Nani and Carrick. FFS, we will be relegation fodder next season. Supporting this Everton team under Martinez is like living in the twilight zone... will this nightmare ever end????
Kudos to Baines, he told it as it is. Shame that Martinez has not got the gumption to change anything... and I doubt that he will ever change anything. One-trick ponies never change.
9 Posted 08/04/2016 at 07:07:40
10 Posted 08/04/2016 at 07:21:42
Liverpool weren't sentimental when it came to firing Rodgers, they didn't sit there and wait because he nearly won them the league, they sacked him and hired a man respected throughout Europe, someone who would get his players fit and playing with passion.
I very much doubt that the Everton players respect Martinez anymore, so many have come out public and dropped subtle hints of his failings, from Distin, to Barry, Mirallas and now Baines, there is clearly unrest in our dressing room and I'd consider sacking him before the Semi to give ourselves a fighting chance of winning it.
Let's be brutally honest anyway, how much has getting to the Semi-Final really had to do with Martinez?
We beat two lower league piles of dross, we were lucky at Bournemouth and Chelsea in the Quarter Final was all about Lukaku.
Sack him and get a short term man in to galvanise this bunch. Allow Martinez that Semi-Final and you can safely guarantee he will screw us up royally.
11 Posted 08/04/2016 at 09:18:18
12 Posted 08/04/2016 at 09:52:08
13 Posted 08/04/2016 at 11:00:08
We should aim high, pay big money, and go for a proven manager who has won top honours in the game.
14 Posted 08/04/2016 at 13:57:06
Baines is suggesting there are issues with the chemistry on the pitch which may point to a failing of the players but possibly more the manager due to him not getting the chemistry right.
So Rom's comment is simply an aspiration to progress but Bainsey's is pointing at issues within the team which Martinez has taken negatively (which he should!).
However that said, I don't see why Bainsey should have to apologise. He's simply saying what is plain and evident to most fans right now!!
15 Posted 08/04/2016 at 15:35:25
Martinez has just made the mess he's already in a whole lot messier and BIGGER! Even if we were winning football matches it would not matter to me he is a total bullshitter and I have had enough...
It will only be a matter of time before he's gone.
16 Posted 09/04/2016 at 03:30:18
17 Posted 09/04/2016 at 12:22:21
Lukaku, his agent and his father are making comments that suggest he is better leaving Everton. They are disrespecting the club. He needs to tell his agent to shut up and focus on doing his job here until the last game of the season. That's what great professionals do. He definitely should apologise to the club and the fans.
18 Posted 09/04/2016 at 14:37:44
If we get him, it'll tell me the Moshiri money is more myth than reality.
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