Osman: Blues had lost their way under Martinez

6 July  30 Comments  [Jump to last]
Leon Osman says that the way things panned out with the dismissal of Roberto Martinez was ultimately for the best.

The veteran midfielder admits that the spirit at Finch Farm was fine but that the team lost its way in the last couple of years.

Though he hasn't met new manager Ronald Koeman, Osman agrees that he is a good appointment and that, on the basis of his success as a player alone, he will command respect from the Everton squad.

“(Under Roberto) it was pleasant, it was good," Osman told BBC Merseyside. "There was always a good atmosphere, and we always enjoyed coming to training.

That first season was fantastic, when the feeling was good and we were winning games, but we lost our way a bit in the next two seasons.

“It was disappointing, and the way things developed was probably right. We needed to look for a new manager and that's what we did.”


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Terry Murphy
2 Posted 06/07/2016 at 07:44:07
"We lost our way a bit", says Mr Leon Osman, master of the understatement.
Eddie Dunn
3 Posted 06/07/2016 at 08:13:49
I suppose we will never know the details- we still haven't heard what Distin or Eto had to say.
Brent Stephens
4 Posted 06/07/2016 at 08:30:30
Is he being diplomatic? That's hardly a knifing job on Roberto.
Dale Rose
6 Posted 06/07/2016 at 13:02:04
I think you have to get personalities out of the way. The unfortunate thing was Martinez couldn't deliver on a managerial level. I've known some great people who were awful managers and you breathed a sigh of relief when they went.

Hopefully the chemistry is now right and we can move on to some glory days. The youth system is in great shape and this can only bode well for the future. The right players bought in now can offer quality and experience for the future of the club.

Joe Clitherow
8 Posted 06/07/2016 at 14:16:06
I thought Ossie had been released?

So there wouldn't really be any consequences? And why would he be expected to meet 'new manager Ronald Koeman'?

Don Alexander
9 Posted 06/07/2016 at 14:19:21
If we're to take at face value the claim that everyone was happy etc etc at Finch Farm for the past two seasons I'm really pissed off. Those who were happy deserve the boot.
John Keating
10 Posted 06/07/2016 at 14:51:28

Spot on. If any of those imbeciles were happy with the dross they put out weekly, then they all need shipping out! Then again, if we were paid a fortune to churn out the unfit shit we had to endure and not have any pressure on us, we'd be happy.

Disgraceful observations from Osman for which alone I am glad he's been fucked off!

Bob Hannigan
11 Posted 06/07/2016 at 21:25:52
Come on, you guys are professionals being paid thousands per week.

Same the world over, do your fuckin' job and stop pissin' and moanin'

With that article I lost a bit of respect of olde Ozzie

Kase Chow
12 Posted 07/07/2016 at 08:41:34
Totally agree Bob (#11).

I used to rate Ossie and even bought his book. He was never a top top player but a good pro that on his day could score a vital goal or get an assist.

But these comments are useless and damning. And I've lost some respect for him too.

Conor Skelly
13 Posted 07/07/2016 at 12:58:06
Players need leaders. Otherwise they are just going to go through the motions. Good managers make players do things they don't want to. Soft managers are fun. Winning managers demand work.

Reading between the lines here tells us what we already knew. He was too nice to the players and the players slacked.

Tom Bowers
14 Posted 07/07/2016 at 13:18:22
Ossie lost his way under Moyes!!
Steavey Buckley
15 Posted 07/07/2016 at 13:33:18
Ossie and Hibbert did very well getting a very good wedge out of Everton until they were 35 years of age. The last 3 years of their contract were down to having Martinez as their manager, so they should thank him personally.
Andy Meighan
17 Posted 07/07/2016 at 19:00:45
"Under Martinez, it was pleasant, it was good..."

I must've missed something there because the last two seasons were shite. The man dragged the club backwards culminating in some of the worst performances in the club's history. Arsenal home. The Red Shite, Sunderland and Leicester away games being particular favourites. Disgraceful.

We're lucky Moshiri is on board because, if that fucking nutcase Kenwright had his way, he'd still be manager – oh yes, think of that. What a manager, hey, Bill. As for Osman, I find his comments strange... because there was nothing pleasant or nice about it

John Davies
18 Posted 08/07/2016 at 00:27:11
Another pampered, over paid player accepting the completely unacceptable.

Sorry, Ossie, but you've just dropped down the respect table faster than we fell down the Premier League!!!

Sam Morrison
19 Posted 08/07/2016 at 09:44:45
I really don't get the vitriol.

He's on the radio talking about a fellow professional and hoping to find a contract somewhere. There's no point in him laying into anybody in the game because that's not going to impress potential employers.

So he's admitting in the nicest possible way that it went tits-up, whilst also maintaining that Martinez is a nice guy. That's an opinion I think most of us share.

Clive Rogers
21 Posted 08/07/2016 at 10:34:34
A lot of players were just on the gravy train the last few seasons under Martinez and Kenwright. The place was like a charity for ex footballers but it's all changed now.
Mark Stone
22 Posted 08/07/2016 at 11:22:05
Couldn't agree more, Sam.
Tony Hill
23 Posted 08/07/2016 at 11:24:11
Glad to see the RS making the same mistake with Klopp that we made with Martinez, a premature extension of his contract.
Brent Stephens
24 Posted 08/07/2016 at 11:27:51
Sam #19 - yes, context is everything. We need to know (and do know here) the situation in which Ossie was making those comments.

You could actually say that Ossie was being a bit cute there. All fine at Finch Farm, loved training etc. Leaves unsaid what was felt about playing at GP and elsewhere. Maybe not so much of a numpty after all.

Ian Jones
25 Posted 08/07/2016 at 19:09:13
For me, I think his use of the word 'pleasant' sums it up, nice enough, not really much hard training going on. Just enough to get by.
Colin Glassar
26 Posted 08/07/2016 at 19:23:33
Of course it must've been "pleasant". Earning a fortune every week and not being under any pressure at all. Like Sam, I don't get the vitriol. Ossie was a good servant and he probably liked Roberto on a personal level so you can't expect him to come our and say he was a shit manager can you?

I still blame Ossie for everything though.

Christine Foster
27 Posted 08/07/2016 at 19:42:47
The sky is blue, no it isn't it's white as well! It's disgraceful to say it's blue, you should be castrated for saying that!
Get it? Over the top comments by those BREXIT supporters..

Come on guys, he doesn't deserve the moaning and bitterness.. He was a good servant to our club, we know RM lost it and it all became complacent. No harsh words for those in training when bollockings were in order. Way too pleasant but that's not Osman's fault.

Ian Jones
28 Posted 08/07/2016 at 19:54:13
I am also pleased he got an England cap. Good solid professional. Be interested to see his next move. Perhaps player coach somewhere.
Ari Sigurgeirsson
30 Posted 09/07/2016 at 01:05:07
The biggest mistake Roberto did was not to let go of players such as Howard, Osman, Hibbert and others, earlier who did not contribute anything to the team anymore.
David Barks
31 Posted 09/07/2016 at 01:26:41

What do you mean by "let go of"? They were under contract, you can't just cancel the contract. The only way to get rid of them is to sell them, and the player has to agree to a contract at that location. Who was bidding for an injured Hibbert, old Osman and old Howard?

Daniel Lim
32 Posted 09/07/2016 at 11:02:43
To those who think Martinez was a nice guy, I beg to differ. I definitely wouldn't call someone nice if he made Baines apologise for saying there was lack of chemistry in the squad. I think that's quite nasty.
Paul Conway
33 Posted 09/07/2016 at 18:13:47
It didn't stop the weekly shite we had to hear from different players, offering excuses and trying to be positive over abysmal performances!
Roy Noon
34 Posted 10/07/2016 at 13:13:31
I agree with Sam @ 19. I think it's highly unlikely that, after an awful performance, Martinez was likely to tear in to the first team squad and lay it on the line that the performance was not good enough; it simply wasn't his management style.

I'm sure we all wish that he had thrown a few teacups around the dressing room and dented a few bloated egos... I'm certain Moyes would have done. So, I can personally see where Ossie is coming from.

On the subject of Ossie, decent little footballer and great servant to the club. An extra stone and another yard of pace and he would have been a top player.

Harvey Miller
37 Posted 13/07/2016 at 00:42:20
But about the Osman affair, he was never good enough, often let himself down with poor passes or what's even worse, such so-called "shots" that my granny could have hit harder.

He never could shield the ball but lost it like a baby boy. He had some good days for us but not enough.

Colin Malone
38 Posted 19/07/2016 at 16:32:58
Ossie was, and maybe still is, a Premier League player. Quick feet, good passer of the ball.

But, like all of the first team squad under Martinez, he lacked fitness. We have let Ossie go and got Rhino as our reserve team coach? Ooooops.

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