Martinez is still the man for Everton, insists former keeper

Former Everton goalkeeper Neville Southall has backed Toffees’ boss Roberto Martinez to have yet another successful campaign with the club – despite their slow start.

The Merseyside outfit currently sit 17th in the division having only one won game all season.

Romelu Lukaku’s arrival was supposed to help Martinez’ break into the Champions League, however it’s the defence that is causing most worries.

The club have conceded 16 goals so far this season – the most in the entire division.

However, the Everton legend reckons Martinez will get things right in the end – but only if he keeps his attacking philosophy.

He said: “Some of their performances have been decent they’ve just let too many goals in. We haven’t played shockingly badly in any of the games, really.

“I am disappointed by the start but I’ve got complete faith in Roberto Martinez. I think it’s a good squad and it’s only a matter of time before they pick up.

“You’ve got to stick with your philosophy and his philosophy is to attack and play good football. He’s a first class manager. I’m still optimistic they will do really well this season.”