Jamie Carragher believes that Everton boss Roberto Martinez should follow in the footsteps of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and stick to his guns despite increased criticism.
The Reds have endured a tough campaign this year following on from last season’s huge success, and much has been made of their frailties in defence.
While collectively they haven’t been particularly good, the Anfield outfit were hardly rock solid at the back last season as they regularly became involved in entertaining high-scoring affairs.
This was in large part due to Rodgers’s attacking philosophy and that has carried on this season, despite the evident drop in performance levels and subsequent results.
Still, amid all the criticism, the Reds have continued to play in the same manner, and in recent weeks have benefited from their ambitions to stick to the long-term plan.
Everton, likewise, have now come in for criticism following a run of four straight defeats and the general consensus suggests that the Toffees have become far too open under Martinez.
Yet, Carragher says that a pragmatic approach, similarly to former boss David Moyes, would be a step in the wrong direction and feels that Martinez should ignore the critics and learn from his Merseyside counterpart Rodgers.
“Everything he has worked on over the past 18 months, all his principles, get thrown out of the window if he switches,” Carragher wrote in the Daily Mail. “Had Martinez felt ‘defence first’ was the way to take Everton forward, he’d have been doing it since day one.”
“Look at Brendan Rodgers. A few weeks ago, Liverpool were criticised for being too open, so he made them solid and took seven points out of nine, conceding one goal. Yet that wasn’t him. As soon as he could, he got his technical players back in the team.
“So it should not be about him changing or copying what Moyes did: it is about being better at what he does. He will recognise better than anyone that performances have not been good enough and issues need to be addressed.”
Everton currently lie in 13th spot in the Premier League table, just four points above the drop zone ahead of Saturday’s intriguing clash at home to Manchester City.