Toffees’ chief issues message to fans

Roberto Martinez is staying focused on trying to win games with Everton despite growing protests from fans wanting him sacked.

Everton: Toffees' chief issues message to fansEverton: Toffees' chief issues message to fans

Over 100 fans remained behind for more than 90 minutes following the much-needed 2-1 home victory over Bournemouth – which also included a flypast banner protest – to express their discontent with ‘Martinez Out’ flags and chants.

Opposition to the Spaniard has grown over recent weeks and last weekend’s FA Cup semi-final exit to Manchester United was the final straw for many.

Martinez, however, remains focused on his job despite increased speculation about his future after the club’s board meeting on Friday.

“I am the manager of the football club and I am the one that takes the responsibility. We are in the results business,” Martinez said.

“Football is a game full of passion and emotions and I understand what comes when you have not won enough games.

“I can understand we have been through a very painful time but we had high hopes; we wanted to get into the final and we have had eight (league) defeats at home.

“I cannot hide that it is a real disappointment for all of us, not just me. We want to learn from the mistakes.

“My intention is to win football games and to be successful and that doesn’t change.

“It is a privilege and an honour to be manager of Everton.”

Defender Leighton Baines secured Everton’s first home league win since early February with his first goal since November 2014 after Marc Pugh had cancelled out Tom Cleverley’s goal inside the opening 10 minutes.

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