Martin Keown believes Roberto Martinez has lost the Everton dressing room

Roberto Martinez pitchside for Everton

Everton lost the Merseyside derby 4-0 at Anfield last night.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez is on the ropes after yet another poor result for the Everton manager. The Spaniard watched on forlorn as his side were swept aside in a 4-0 defeat against Merseyside rivals Liverpool at Anfield.

The manner of the defeat was perhaps the most alarming matter for many, as Everton barely put up a fight in a passionless display.

Many have also been calling on the players to step up their own performances but as far as one former Toffee feels, the problem lies with the manager.

Martin Keown spent four years at Everton early in his career before heading back to first club Arsenal and is not impressed by what he has seen and heard from the Everton manager this season. He wrote in his Daily Mail column:

“The team should be doing a lot better with such quality players, and I think the problem lies with the manager.

“What I have noticed about Roberto Martinez throughout his managerial career is that there is a lack of consistency in his teams – he’s almost like the new Tinkerman, Claudio Ranieri, who used to bear that nickname, is finding the right balance in his teams after many years’ experience.

“On top of all this, you get the feeling things aren’t right behind the scenes. Leighton Baines spoke out recently about the lack of chemistry at the club, and instead of covering for his player Martinez threw him under the bus in public. Other players will have seen this and it won’t have done anything for their morale.

“What I’ve always seen with top managers is how much they love their players. They protect them no matter what, and put disagreements to one side. But you get (the) feeling that there’s an ‘us v them’ atmosphere in the dressing room between Martinez and his players.”

The recent disagreement with Baines was certainly a turning point for many fans and the body language of the players did not look like that of a team behind the manager during the Liverpool debacle.

John Stones is suffering, Kevin Mirallas only wants to play for himself and Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley look desperately disheartened at the current situation.

The Everton boss has to take the brunt of the blame and, if there wasn’t an FA Cup semi-final coming up this weekend, he would have surely got the sack by now already.

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