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Saturday 1 October 2016

Martinez not feeling the pressure

There is a growing number of fans who are becoming increasingly disgruntled with the Toffees boss after another season of underachievement. Action Images via Reuters / Peter Cziborra
There is a growing number of fans who are becoming increasingly disgruntled with the Toffees boss after another season of underachievement. Action Images via Reuters / Peter Cziborra

Everton manager Roberto Martinez insists he is under no greater pressure now than he was when fighting relegation in four seasons with Wigan.

There is a growing number of fans who are becoming increasingly disgruntled with the Toffees boss after another season of underachievement.

Everton are 14th in the Barclays Premier League table having won just four matches at home all term and, despite an FA Cup semi-final to look forward to, having also reached the last four of the League Cup, the natives are becoming restless.

There were 'Martinez Out' banners at the weekend's match at Watford and there are likely to be more protests during tonight's game at Crystal Palace but the Spaniard is adamant he is not feeling the heat.

"As a manager, you understand that there is always the pressure you put on yourself," he said.

"With the scrutiny of the outside or not, you always follow an intense way of working which, in the last seven years I have been involved in the Premier League, has always been the same, and I won't stop doing that.

"You need to be very consistent as a manager; you need to be able to work under the demands this position requires, and I wouldn't say that is any different to what I have done in the last seven seasons at this level. "You cannot control outside scrutiny. As a manager you concentrate on what you can affect, and we can affect many things from now until the end of the season."

Footage has emerged of Martinez involved in a discussion with a supporter at Monday night's under-21s victory over Chelsea at Southport, although it is only a video and nothing of the conversation can be heard.

The Toffees boss said he welcomes dialogue with fans, although he dismissed any suggestion the exchange was anything other than friendly.

"It is not a confrontation. I always want to know what the fans feel, and I always respect a fan who supports our club who has a genuine interest in the club," he added.

"I have enormous respect for people who share passion for the club - Evertonians have been through a lot but now is my third season here and I understand and share their frustrations. We will never look away from a fan's opinion - if I have an opportunity to share a few moments with a fan, I will always do that as it is important to know how fans feel.

"I have no problems with the passion the fans have towards the team and the club, because that is the strength we have as a club and we will do everything we can to make them proud."

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