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I will fight more than ever – Martinez

28 Apr

Everton fans with a banner aimed at manager Roberto Martinez

Some Everton fans have called for Roberto Martinez to leave the club as they have gone seven games without a win

Everton manager Roberto Martinez says he is “ready to fight more than ever” as dissent grows among some of the club’s supporters.

The Toffees have taken three points from the last 21 available, while they were defeated by Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final last Saturday.

Fans have held banners in recent games calling for the Spaniard to leave.

He said: “We are all hurting together. I understand their passion. Football without passion makes no sense.”

Martinez added: “I always encourage huge expectations and drive for silverware. When you are not in those positions then scrutiny should be there.”

The Spaniard’s cause was not helped by a 4-0 defeat at neighbours Liverpool in the Merseyside derby on 20 April.

Everton are 11th in the Premier League table, 10 points above the relegation zone with four games remaining.

After Saturday, they travel to leaders Leicester City on 7 May before finishing the campaign against struggling Sunderland (away) on 11 May and Norwich (home) four days later.

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