Everton manager Roberto Martinez has insisted that he is not feeling the pressure despite their disappointing season, but is not taking the support of chairman Bill Kenwright for granted, reports the Guardian.
Although their initial target was to qualify for the Champions League after coming so close last term, the Toffees have endured a difficult season in which they have struggled domestically, finding themselves 14th in the Premier League and only six points above the drop zone with only 11 games left to play, starting with Wednesday’s visit to Stoke City.
In contrast, Europa League form has been terrific, winning six of their eight games against side from across the continent to book a Round of 16 tie with Dynamo Kiev. But Martinez has often come under criticism the season due to the underperformance of experienced players as well as a perceived lack of flexibility with the team’s playing style.
But ahead of the game at the Britannia Stadium, the Spaniard stressed that he does not feel under severe pressure. “Maybe it doesn’t look that way to the outside but we had moments of huge pressure at (former clubs) Swansea and at Wigan,’ he said.
‘Those moments help me because I can see the seriousness of a situation and it is a serious position we are in, but I look at our squad and believe me it is a lot easier to win games with this squad. I am very confident we will improve.”
However, he is not taking Kenwright’s position lightly. He added: “When you make a decision in becoming a manager of a club you take the chairman’s support into consideration but I would never take it for granted.’
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