John Hartson blames Everton's players for their poor season

Everton are currently sat in 11th place in the Premier League table.

John Hartson has told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show, which was broadcast on TalkSPORT on 29th April, that Everton’s players should take the blame for this season.

The Toffees have badly underperformed this term, with the Merseyside club sitting in 11th place in the Premier League table.

Although Everton have made it to two cup semi-finals, their form in the league has angered supporters.

Manager Roberto Martinez has had to take the brunt of fans’ criticism, and it seems that the Spaniard is now set for the sack.

Everton are reportedly having a board meeting today (Daily Mirror) where they will discuss Martinez’s future.

Hartson believes that the former Wigan Athletic boss’s job at Goodison Park is now untenable, but he also says that it is the players who should be held responsible.

“I think he’s had it,” Hartson said, when discussing Martinez’s future. “The players have done him. The players haven’t performed. The fans have had enough and they want him out.

“It’s a good time to be Everton manager, and I feel for Roberto. I know him well and he’s a great man.

“I just think the players have to take responsibility. That group should be higher than what they are. The manager always takes the rap, but I don’t think the players have stood up this season.”

Everton have a squad which is regarded as one of the most talented in England, but they have not played to their potential this term.

The Toffees have looked porous at the back throughout the campaign, and despite their attacking quality they have not been able to challenge for Europe.

Everton’s next match comes against Bournemouth at the weekend, and it could be the last time Martinez takes charge of the side (Daily Mirror).

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