Ian Holloway states whether he'd sack Roberto Martinez as Everton manager

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez is under growing pressure at Goodison Park.

Ian Holloway has told Sky Sports News, which was broadcast on 5th May, that Everton should stick by Roberto Martinez.

The Spanish boss has faced growing calls for him to be sacked, after what has been a disappointing season for the Toffees.

Everton are stuck in 11th place in the Premier League table, and their progress in the League Cup and the FA Cup - to the semi-final stages - does not seem to have saved Martinez from criticism.

Everton’s poor home form has been a particular frustration, but Holloway has defended the former Wigan Athletic boss.

Holloway feels that Martinez has developed a number of players at Goodison Park, and he suggests that should count in his favour.

“I really like him,” Holloway said. “I think he’s a fantastic man. Everton’s players wouldn’t be as good as they are now if he didn’t go there. I wouldn’t do anything. I hope he rides it out, because I really like him.”

Tony Cottee was similarly supportive of Martinez, but he did suggest that something needed to change.

Everton have badly underperformed this campaign, and Cottee feels that there is a dire need for more consistency.

“The Evertonians are entitled to their opinion,” Cottee said. “You cannot get away from the fact that their league form has been too inconsistent. They have really struggled at home. Away from home they have been better, but they need to sort out the inconsistency.

“I like Roberto, but you have to get the balance right. They’re conceding too many goals. Everton should be in the top six and pushing on.”

With Martinez’s future seemingly in the balance, reports have been rife as to who could replace him.

The likes of Rafael Benitez, Ronald Koeman, Mark Hughes, Manuel Pellegrini and Eddie Howe have all been touted as potential candidates to take over at Everton.

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