“I just don’t feel as though the chemistry is quite there with the team on the pitch at the moment, and it hasn’t been for a while,”
Those comments were from Toffees’ fullback, Leighton Baines, a few weeks ago. Comments that the defender later apologised to Roberto Martinez for, despite claims they were taken out of context – why a player has to apologise if their quotes are taken out of context is anyone’s guess.
Baines’ comments – that we are betting weren’t taken out of context – meant that Roberto Martinez had basically completed the ‘full house’ that leads to a sacking: awful form, underachieving squad, spent big money without reward, protest banners from the fans and, now, finally, player unrest.
Things got so bad for Martinez at Goodison Park, there was talk that even the potential of winning the FA Cup – which is no longer a possibility for Everton – may not have been enough to save the former Swansea City player’s job – the irony being that winning the FA Cup with Wigan basically got him the Everton gig.
The question is, though, after the Spaniard’s sacking this afternoon, how an earth was he deemed good enough for the Toffees job in the first place?
This probably comes down to whether you’re a glass half full or half empty kind of guy. Martinez’s ability to get his Wigan team motivated and collecting points for the last 10 or so games of a Premier League season was always commended. But I ask, what about the other 28 games? Why were the Latics never up for the fight for two-thirds of the season? Martinez was out of his depth at the DW Stadium, let alone at a club of Everton’s stature and aspirations.
In fairness to the Spaniard, he has put together quite an exciting squad for his replacement – albeit an all-out-attack FIFA 16 kind of team – with the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Gerard Deulofeu and John Stones being added to Ross Barkley, Seamus Coleman and Leighton Baines (the fact I’ve named three defenders there, all who have that attacking mentality about them, says it all).
But in classic Martinez style, the good work was always undone due to his awful lack of judgement and understanding. Alongside big money signings like Lukaku, Roberto also brought in characters such as Wigan’s relegated trio of Arouna Kone, Joel Robles and Antolin Alcaraz…
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…highlighting – like it needed to be further – that he really doesn’t have a clue what he’s doing.
The problem with Martinez is that there never appeared to be any method in the madness – or in the sensible decisions, for that matter.
One thing before you go, does anyone else think Roberto Martinez looks like the lovechild of Mick McCarthy and Sam from the Muppets?
No? Just me, then…