Roberto Martinez: How the Spaniard’s stubborn nature forced Everton to sack him

Before recent games at Goodison Park they have eschewed home comforts; staying in a hotel in Liverpool city centre the night before matches, arriving at the ground on a coach and with tracksuits, not club suits, the order of the day.

A draw and a win might offer justification though, in many respects, it is the fact he came up with the idea in the first place which shines a light on his tenure.

The first instinct was not to tinker with his team’s tactical approach to elicit an improvement, getting the ball forward with a little more crash-bang-wallop as Everton sides of the past have done. Changing the dress code will do it.

There is something to admire about Martinez’s unflinching belief in his methods, and having hired him in the first place Everton might have been naive to expect him to abandon the principles upon which he has forged a career in management.

They do not preclude him from future success, though perhaps it might not be in the Premier League.

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