Roberto Martinez speaks on Everton fans' protests

Fans at Goodison Park

The Spanish manager accepts responsibility for his side's decline.

Quoted by the Liverpool Echo, under-fire Everton boss Roberto Martinez has taken full responsibility for his side's recent slump, adding that he understands the protests against him.

The Spanish manager alleviated a degree of pressure on himself after the Toffees beat Bournemouth 2-1 in front of a somewhat hostile crowd at Goodison Park on Saturday - their first Premier League win in seven games.

Plenty of Everton fans in attendance were seen holding up placards reading 'Martinez Out', or had bed sheets with the same message sprawled across it, though goals from Tom Cleverley and Leighton Baines kept a lid on things.

Frustrations had reached boiling point over the past week or so after the Merseysiders were also dumped out of the FA Cup - their last chance of making something of an otherwise dismal season - as Manchester United's Anthony Martial struck a last-minute winner last Saturday.

"I can understand (the protests). We’ve been through a very painful time. We had high hopes," he said via The Echo. "We wanted to go to Wembley, to get into the final, we couldn’t achieve that and we had eight defeats at home.

"I cannot hide that it’s a disappointment for all of us. Not just the fans but the players and myself. We want to correct that, learn from those mistakes and clearly the concentration, from my point of view is to prepare the games we have in front of us and to get every point possible.

"I’m the manager and I am the one who takes responsibility. That’s how it works."


Everton's league season has been over for quite some time now, but they face Leicester and Sunderland away, before rounding off their campaign by hosting Norwich at Goodison on May 15.

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