"I have faith in Martinez" - Everton legend backs Toffees boss despite awful start

Roberto Martinez Press Conference Smiling

Everton legend Neville Southall has backed manager Roberto Martinez to turn the club's fortunes around after a terrible start to the new season.

Everton enjoyed a spectacular season last term, with Roberto Martinez making Toffees fans forget about the departure of David Moyes to Manchester United after guiding the club to a fifth place finish in the Premier League, only narrowly missing out on a place in the Champions League.

However, this season hasn't quite gone to plan. The team is largely the same after permanent deals for Gareth Barry and Romelu Lukaku were struck in the summer, but injuries to the likes of Seamus Coleman, Ross Barkley and Kevin Mirallas have severely damaged Everton's start to the season.

With just one win from the opening seven games of the season, Everton are struggling for form, but have had something of a tough start to the season with games against Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United.

Despite being down in 17th place, Everton legend Neville Southall is backing Martinez to drag the team away from trouble in the coming weeks after speaking with talkSPORT.

"Some of their performances have been decent they’ve just let too many goals in," said Southall. "We haven’t played shockingly badly in any of the games, really. I am disappointed by the start but I’ve got complete faith in Roberto Martinez. I think it’s a good squad and it’s only a matter of time before they pick up."

"You’ve got to stick with your philosophy and his philosophy is to attack and play good football. He’s a first class manager. I’m still optimistic they will do really well this season."

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for EVERTON team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch