Outgoing goalkeeper Tim Howard says reports the players are not playing for under-pressure manager Roberto Martinez are an insult.
As the pressure mounts on Martinez there have been murmurings that the manager has lost key members of the dressing room and that players are no longer playing for him. Howard takes that as an insult to their professionalism and says it is completely untrue.
“I love this club and I feel it is the greatest club I have ever played for but we have no divine right to win games and we have to roll up our sleeves and dig in, and we haven’t done that enough,” he told reporters.
“When you play professional sports you are open to criticism good and bad and I always say you are never as good or bad as people say you are.
“One thing I can assure everyone is we are going to work and we try our tails off to win football matches, no-one chucks it in.
“I think as senior players you try to protect the younger ones because they’ve not seen it before but I’m an old dog and I’ve seen it all before.
“No criticism fazes me; not from the media, outside sources or social media. It is just words.
“We have to go to work every day and try to get it right.
“It isn’t fantastic and we will try to reel off three more wins and try to get ourselves up the table.”