Post by Everton News. on Dec 17, 2016 13:17:25 GMT
Martinez: "My Everton were not a soft team"
Blues boss defends record as he looks back on his Goodison reign with affection
Roberto Martinez has insisted that his Everton side “were not a soft team that conceded easy goals all the time.
The former Blues boss whose three-year Goodison reign ended in May after back-to-back bottom half finishes with a squad widely regarded to be the club’s most talented since their last title-winning campaign, feels that certain perceptions built up about his team.
Speaking on BBC Radio Five Live, the Catalan who is now in charge of the Belgium national team was asked how he could use his experience with Everton to become a more successful coach.
Martinez said: “The first thing you learn, and something that has made me a better manager, is that you cannot be patient in certain aspects.
“You are demanded to reach that final in the cup, to try and win silverware. When you are demanded to be in positions where you want to get in the league sometimes you cannot be patient.
“That will never change, it reinforces what I believe, how they game should be played. In many ways it has made me more determined to succeed in the next role.
“When understanding perceptions as well, we were not a soft team that conceded easy goals all the time.”
He added: “We became a team that psychologically we were quite prone to concede goals at home. If you look, our away record was very strong.
“Sometimes a perception develops a little bit of extra pressure and it affects other areas.
“We had really good moments and other poor moments, I think we conceded so many goals at home that affected our league form.
“In the cups we were always competitive, always capable of challenging teams and were carrying the huge belief and expectations that as Everton we could challenge for silverware but unfortunately we couldn’t reach it.”
Martinez, who won just one of his final 10 matches in charge of the Blues, believes he fell victim to a short-term outlook in modern football.
He said: “Everyone knows in the modern game you are based on results. I don’t think as a manager we are naïve enough not to understand if you don’t win enough games your job is going to be safe.
“The clear feeling I can have now when I look back is it’s not just the final seven weeks or the moment after we lost the semi-final of the FA Cup at Wembley, it’s more about the three seasons I had at Everton.
“Straight away I understood the demands and I understood that when you’re the Everton manager you’re pushed to try and challenge for silverware first and foremost and then try and qualify for Europe.
“When you don’t do that you’re risking the situation of losing your job.”
Despite steering Everton to their record Premier League points haul in his first season in charge, Martinez’s sacking ultimately cost the Blues over £10million in compensation – a figure only settled upon after an independent hearing - but he still looks back on his time at Goodison with great affection.
He said: “I will always treasure my memories as an Everton manager - reaching the Europa League, getting 72 points, being the last British team to be knocked out in Europe one season and then last campaign we were so, so close to getting to the finals of both domestic cups.
“In many aspects I had that short-term ambition to bring that silverware for everyone at Everton, as Evertonians the fans of that football club deserve that, it’s been too long since the last time they had silverware.
“And then on the other side I still get satisfaction with our long-term project that we had in hand, seeing players that we invested in heavily, giving them big roles, like John Stones, Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku, that they have taken the football club clearly to a different level.
“Creating players that can be very important or they can good value in the market for like what happened with John Stones.
“I will treasure those memories forever even though we couldn’t finish the job that I felt in the long-term a very exciting opportunity.”