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  • Everton are on their worst run since December 2005, but the Goodison Park fans must get behind Roberto Martinez
  • Martinez was praised last year for his style of play that took Everton to the brink of Champions League qualification
  • Talk of Martinez needing to change his style is baffling 
  • Diego Simeone’s work at Atletico Madrid has been unbelievable, I hope he wins FIFA’s coach of the year award 

Having got Everton playing a slick, fast brand of football that almost took them into the Champions League, Roberto Martinez could do no wrong but, suddenly, he has become the topic of an increasingly heated debate.
The argument? He needs to change and get Everton playing a more solid and direct style, like David Moyes favoured. Maybe some watched Real Sociedad’s backs-to-the-wall victory against Barcelona and were reminded of similar big wins that their former manager had inspired.

Roberto Martinez is under pressure at Everton with his team lying just four points ahead of the relegation zone

Everton have been struggling in the Premier League and have failed to hit the heights of last season

A 2-0 defeat by Hull on New Year’s Day was Everton’s fourth Premier League loss in a row

In many ways, Saturday’s match against Manchester City would have suited Moyes perfectly. He had an outstanding record against them, drilling his players to stay in two banks of four before pouncing on the break or at a set-piece. Everton were a persistent thorn in City’s side.

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