Seamus Coleman refuses to blame Martinez for Everton's poor season

Everton manager Roberto Martinez

Everton finished in an underwhelming 11th position in the 2015/16 Premier League season.

Manchester United's Jesse Lingard in action with Everton's Seamus Coleman Everton's Seamus Coleman

In an exclusive interview with football magazine FourFourTwo, Everton defender Seamus Coleman refused to blame former manager Roberto Martinez for his side's dismal Premier League campaign.

The Toffees' dreadful form in the second half of the 2015/16 season ended up costing the Spaniard his job, but Coleman feels it is the players who should bear the brunt of the criticism:

Everton manager Roberto MartinezFormer Everton manager Roberto Martinez

"If you're finishing 11th, for a team of Everton's standards and players, it's not good enough. Not many of us can say we kept our standards to what they should be."

Martinez's first season in charge at Goodison Park yielded an impressive fifth finish, but back-to-back 11th place finishes ensured he would not lead his team into the next campaign. The Everton fans began to turn against the Former Swansea City man following a run of seven Premier League games without a win in March. 

The Merseyside outfit did manage to reach the FA Cup semi-final, but defeat to Manchester United increased the pressure on Martinez and there was a sense of inevitability gathering around Goodison.

Coleman spoke to FourFourTwo about his disappointment at Martinez losing his job:

Crystal Palace's Connor Wickham in action with Everton's Seamus Coleman Everton's Seamus Coleman claims the blame for their poor season should rest firmly on the players shoulder's

It's a results business and, unfortunately for Roberto, we hadn't been getting them. But it's not just Roberto who takes it on the chin – that comes from the players as well. It's not a nice feeling to see someone lose their job and it's not like anyone was happy about it."

Manuel Pellegrini continues to be linked with the vacancy at Goodison, as he looks to prolong his career in the Premier League, and the fans will expect a reverse in their fortune's, and a higher league finish will be deemed essential.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini Manuel Pellegrini has been heavily linked with the Everton job.

 

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