Roberto Martinez believes Everton’s supporters have every right to be unhappy over the team’s current form – and has vowed not to criticise them for protesting.
Following Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Watford, the Toffees find themselves on a four game winless run in the Barclays Premier League.
The weekend result leaves Everton languishing in 14th position in the league standings with 39 points from 31 matches – a fact that has left Evertonians feeling despondent.
Martinez came in for fierce criticism last week due to his handling of Leighton Baines after the defender’s comments about a lack of chemistry on the pitch.
Such a move forced some supporters to hold up banners reading ‘Martinez Out’ and ‘Baines is one of us’ at Vicarage Road over the weekend.
But, after the match, the Spaniard stated that the fans were allowed to voice their opinions – a point he built upon in the following 24 hours.
“I understand there were some banners but I understand that completely,” said the Catalan.
“I think that comes with the job.
“I will never have a bad word about our fans because of the way they support the team, and (the way) they support me from the first day is outstanding.
“I accept that the fans are not going to be happy with the team losing.
“They know I would give my life to achieve a winning team, everything we do is to make them proud so I’ve got no problem with their discontent at times. Football is an emotional game.
“I wouldn’t expect anyone to be happy with poor standards and losing three games in the league for me, in my eyes is very poor standards.
“I’m here to make sure the team has a clear direction of how to play and to develop a winning team and it’s great to see the performance we had (at Watford).”