Roberto Martinez discusses relationship with Everton fans, says he is at club to do this

The Toffees manager is coming under increasing criticism from the club's supporters.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has told reporters, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo, that he does not have a problem with receiving criticism from the club's supporters as one of his primary responsibilities is to make the fans proud.

The Toffees have dropped to 14th in the Premier League table after their winless run was extended to four matches with a 1-1 draw at Watford at the weekend in the latest uninspiring result of a poor season.

After finishing in the bottom half of the table for the first time in nine years last season, the club look odds-on for an even lower placing at the end of the current campaign.

This has led to increasing dissent from the club's supporters, with a 'Martinez out' banner being displayed in the away end at Vicarage Road, as speculation mounts over the former Wigan manager's future.

However, Martinez insisted to reporters that he has "huge respect" for the opinions of fans and is at the club to try to make the Goodison Park faithful proud.

The Spanish boss said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo: "I have always got huge respect for the fans, I am here to make the fans proud and you need to know what the fans think. Of course, at times the passion that we all share will sometimes be disappointment, sometimes it will be negative.

"I don’t expect any fan to be happy with our home form, in the same way I expect every fan to be very, very happy with the away form. All together we need to try to help the team to finish as strong as we can to address that issue and make sure we become a stronger team.

“We have been building over the months and over a long, long period with a lot of planning and now we have a very exciting squad but the reality is we are not the finished article yet. Football is very much an area that is very, very clear, we need to give everything we can to win.As our football club, we should be winning on a consistent basis."

Everton's season now rests on just how far they can go in the FA Cup, with a semi-final against either West Ham United or Manchester United at Wembley on the horizon.

However, there are those that suggest even a first triumph in the competition since 1984 should be enough to allow Martinez to continue in the dugout next season.

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