Ex-Everton man criticises club culture and team work ethic

Everton lost to Manchester United on Saturday in the FA Cup semi-final as their season continues to disappoint.

Former Everton defender Sylvain Distin has chimed into the debate about why Everton are struggling so much, telling talkSPORT they do not play as a team anymore.

The Frenchman has made 17 appearances for current club Bournemouth this season, and has helped the Cherries retain their Premier League status in their first ever year in England's top flight.

Distin, 38, appeared 210 times for Everton, and was critical of the current crop of players.

"All I know is when I was there we had a really good defensive record that was not just down to me but down to the lads around me, like Jagielka, Baines, Seamus Coleman, Tony Hibbert, Tim Howard - the team," Distin said.

"It wasn’t down to one player. I am in the generation of defenders that don’t like conceding goals and take pride in our defensive record but football is changing and you have to deal with it.”

The strange thing about Distin's comments is that all the players that he mentioned are still at the football club, so that would imply there is something amiss either in the managerial department or that factions are developing within the squad.

The Bournemouth defender also had his say on Roberto Martinez and what he will have to do to turn things around.

"It’s down to results I guess - if the results aren’t as good as his first season I don’t think people would complain," he added. "But the second season wasn’t good. There was a lot of change and expectation this season and the results weren’t good. We’ll see at some point the manager and the players get under pressure it’s completely normal."

Many pundits predicted that Martinez would have to win the FA Cup to salvage his Everton career, and now that dream is over, the way that the Merseyside club finish the season might prove absolutely vital in deciding whether the Spaniard stays or goes.

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