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Everton are moving on from their disappointment in the FA Cup by concentrating on their league form having been beaten 4-1 by Arsenal last weekend, and manager Roberto Martinez has already started looking towards Saturday's game against Cardiff City. The Welsh side are struggling at the foot of the table despite sacking Malky Mackay and replacing him with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and Martinez admits that he is unsure whether the Norwegian will be able to save the Bluebirds.
"It is difficult. It is very rare you get a real improvement for the long-term," he said. "In the short term they sometimes get a positive reaction but a change rarely affects things in a good way for the long term.
"Sometimes we get those decisions. Overall you don't want to see those sort of changes and I personally don't believe the quick turnaround of a manager will give you long-term success unless you appoint the right man. It depends on every situation and every club has internal issues that they (should) know whether the decision will be right.
With the game against Cardiff on the horizon, Martinez has admitted that defender Phil Jagielka won't be rushed back into the line-up having missed the FA Cup tie through injury. Jagielka has been sidelined with a hamstring injury, and with John Stones impressing in his absence, Martinez is preaching caution over the England international.
“Phil is recovering well. Now it’s a matter of assessing him day-by-day and seeing how quickly he can get back into playing.
“Clearly it’s important he is 100 per cent. I know he’s a player who will at times put himself forward at only 90 per cent to help the team. But with the amount of games we have – it’s a nine-week period with 11 games – we need Phil and every player to be fully fit.
“Whenever Phil is 100 per cent, he’ll be able to help the team, but we need to protect him a little bit and make sure he’s not rushed back into playing too early, which could risk a further period out.”
Meanwhile, winger Gerard Deulofeu will seemingly return to Barcelona upon the expiration of his loan deal at the end of the season, and with a potential gap on the flanks, Hungarian winger Balazs Dzsudzsak has been strongly linked with a switch from Dinamo Moscow to Goodison Park, according to the former PSV Eindhoven man's agent.