Roberto Martinez has admitted he understands why Everton’s supporters are frustrated, although he is convinced the Toffees are on the path to recovery.
Tom Cleverley and Leighton Baines scored in a 2-1 win over Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon, but the game was marred by the appearance of a plane flying over Goodison Park with a banner reading ‘TIME TO GO ROBERTO NSNO’ trailing behind.
The Spaniard has come under increasing pressure due to Everton’s struggles this term, and losing in the FA Cup semi-final to Manchester United last weekend appears to have been the tipping point.
Martinez has no issue with the supporters being frustrated, as he can understand why they are angry with recent results and performances.
He said: “Football is about emotions and passion, and Everton is our life, so I understand that [protests] completely.”
The Toffees have endured a torrid time at home this year, losing eight games at Goodison Park, but Martinez is convinced the struggles will benefit Everton in the long term.
The 42-year-old added: “I wouldn’t expect any fan to be happy after eight defeats at home, but our focus, drive and determination is to correct that and learn from our mistakes.
“We are in a stronger position now by having those mistakes and those experiences which have been difficult. But now is about getting as many points as we can and bringing the winning feeling for the fans.”