Phil Jagielka launches defence of Everton manager Roberto Martinez

It was claimed that Everton's players were losing faith in Roberto Martinez.

Phil Jagielka has disputed claims that Everton’s players are losing faith in manager Roberto Martinez, in the Daily Mirror.

There were suggestions in the Telegraph that Everton’s players were starting to question Martinez’s attacking approach, after what has been a poor league season so far.

The Toffees are stuck in 12th place in the Premier League table, but Jagielka insists that the players are not blaming Martinez for their failings.

“You can’t throw all the blame the manager’s way, there has to be a pretty even split between him and the players — though I understand that people will do that, because that’s the way football is,” the England international defender said.

“We certainly haven’t been sat in the dressing room blaming anyone, that’s for certain.

"Obviously the manager has to take some responsibility because that’s his role, but to the same extent we’re the people out on the pitch and we have to perform.”

Martinez has come under pressure at Everton due to his failure to solve their defensive issues.

The Toffees have earned plaudits for their style of football, but they have thrown away leads on regular occasions.

It seems as if Everton will finish in a mid-table spot in the Premier League, but the Merseyside club's form in the cups may keep Martinez in the job.

Everton made it to the semi-final of the League Cup earlier in the season, and they have also progressed to the same stage of the FA Cup.

Everton will now meet Manchester United or West Ham United in the semi-final of the FA Cup at Wembley.

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