Roberto Martinez has this strong response to suggestion he has lost the Everton dressing room

Roberto Martinez

The Toffees boss insists that there is no problem with the relationship between himself and supporters.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has responded to suggestions that he has lost the support of the dressing room by denying that there is any problem with the relationship between himself and the club's players, as quoted by Goal.

Martinez is coming under increasing fire as the club suffer a second disappointing season in a row, with the 1-1 draw at Watford at the weekend seeing the Toffees slip to 14th.

A second consecutive bottom-half finish is looking more and more likely, and though the club have an FA Cup semi-final on the horizon later this month, calls for the Spanish boss to lose his job are building by the week.

There have been suggestions that the manager has even lost the support of his own players, speculation intensified by Leighton Baines seemingly being forced to apologise for his comments last week that there is no chemistry within the squad.

However, Martinez has refuted the idea that the relationship between himself and his players has broken down, insisting that "has never been an issue.

The former Wigan manager said, as quoted by Goal: "The manager needs to make the decisions, and the players need to enjoy their job and enjoy their talent and do the things that the team needs every individual to do in order to win.

"It just isn't the case that the relationship between the manager and players is a problem. That has never been an issue.

"Remember that we are not talking about a bad team here, or a team that doesn't perform. We are talking about a team that performs really well away from home, yet doesn't get the results at home. That doesn’t suggest the relationship between the manager and the players is wrong."

Everton's draw at Watford extended their winless run to four games and means they have now won just four of their last 18 league fixtures since late November.

The Merseyside club travel to Crystal Palace on Wednesday night looking to return to winning ways but knowing that defeat would see the struggling Eagles leapfrog them in the table.

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