Roberto Martinez has been having his say about the way Everton play. And he is absolutely unrepentant despite this disaster of a season to date.
Roberto is quoted: "People can have their say in a debate and that is just healthy. The style has nothing to do with winning or losing - it's how good you are in that style. Our philosophy represents Everton. It goes back to the incredible figures that have been special people and custodians of the Club. Our style is what is going to make us successful in the future. Now we need to be good at it. It doesn't matter what style you do, if you are not strong in both boxes you are going to find it difficult to get consistent results. At the moment we are in a situation where we have been losing too many games and we need to correct that. There are reasons for it but none of those is the style - it's how you play that style.
We need to find that enjoyment of playing in the league again. I don't think we have been enjoying our football as a team. The way we are as a group, we want to be positive, break teams down and have control of the game - you need to enjoy your football to be able to do that. We need to get that back. When you become a bit negative you are attracting other aspects to go your way. We had major calls go against us, but I just think we have to focus on all the good things that we have in this squad. We have some outstanding footballers and some young players with incredible potential and now is the moment to allow them to enjoy their football and produce results."
If he's right, we'll soon start climbing up the league table and he'll be a genius. If he's wrong, we will fall into the drop zone and he'll be a mug. If we get relegated that will be two clubs he has taken into the Championship. If we win the FA Cup as well that will be twice he's done that in same season.
But will the fans stick by him or turn on him the way other clubs have? Will Bill Kenwright stick with him or sack him if we fall into the bottom three? Didn't Howard Kendall have a similar run before he produced his great teams?
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