Even an innate optimist such as Roberto Martínez should be in no doubt about the depth of the feeling against him now. Any notion a first win in eight games would ease the pressure on him was swiftly disabused. More than an hour after the final whistle, a hardcore of perhaps 200 supporters remained in Goodison Park, chorusing for the Spaniard’s dismissal.
Everton face Bournemouth under pressure amid reports that fans will stage protests against Roberto Martínez. With several key defenders injured or suspended the chance of them extending their poor defensive record at Goodison is likely. Youngsters Matthew Pennington and Kieran Dowell may be handed their league debuts. Max Gradel could return for Bournemouth whose only win in their past five games came at relegated Aston Villa. Eddie Howe might see the game as an audition to replace Martínez as he is currently third favourite with bookies, behind Manuel Pellegrini and David Moyes, to do so. Graham Searles
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• Howe suggested as potential successor to under-pressure Roberto Martínez
• ‘I love it here and I’m committed to my job,’ says Bournemouth manager
Eddie Howe has insisted he remains fully committed to Bournemouth amid reports suggesting he could be the next Everton manager.
Roberto Martínez’s position at Goodison Park appears precarious after a season of underachievement, highlighted by supporter dissatisfaction in recent weeks. Fans have held banners calling for the Spaniard to go and backed Leighton Baines after the left-back was forced to apologise for saying Everton lacked “chemistry”.
• Under-pressure manager says he will fight for his future
• ‘I understand their passion. The message is we are all in this together’
Everton’s under-pressure manager Roberto Martínez has called on his critics to judge him over three years, not three months.
Martínez is fighting for his future on Merseyside, with a talented Toffees squad sitting 11th in the Premier League table and coming off the back of a disheartening loss to Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final.
Today’s fluff is searching for steel
With Roberto Martínez on borrowed time at Everton, the Mirror has declared that Mark Hughes is being considered as his successor for the Goodison Park hot seat. The Stoke City manager spent two seasons at Everton during the twilight years of his playing career, scoring only once in 18 appearances after signing as a 36-year-old.
The Stoke Sentinel reports that Hughes’s current charge Marko Arnautovic is “playing it cool” as far as talk regarding his future is concerned. The 27-year-old Austrian is contracted to the Potters until 2017, but fans are concerned he may be sold this summer so that the club can trouser a fee rather than lose him for nothing a year down the line. “I have had three years here, I’ve another year left and Stoke are still talking to my agency,” said the winger, who has scored 13 goals for club and country this season.
• Manager under growing pressure after FA Cup semi-final defeat
• Supporters protests are expected at Goodison Park on Saturday
Roberto Martínez’s position as Everton manager will be discussed this week by the club’s board of directors, with the Catalan struggling to save his three‑year tenure at Goodison Park.
Martínez, 42, insisted he was the right man for the job and that Everton were close to challenging for trophies after their stoppage-time defeat by Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday. But with dissent growing among some of the supporters, Everton directors will convene to discuss the manager’s future.
Rooney excels in the Scholes role – up to a point, Fàbregas and Hazard regain their former verve and Klopp makes skilful use of his resources
After six games in a row fielding the same starting XI attention naturally drew towards how Leicester City would rearrange themselves to cope with Jamie Vardy’s absence. A key to any title winning team is the use of the wider squad, and in defeating Swansea with a flourish Claudio Ranieri was able to demonstrate that there is more to this team than the names of the main men Leicester fans can reel off in their sleep. Leonardo Ulloa, so often a substitute, enjoyed the moment to plunder more important goals. Jeffrey Schlupp, in his first start since November, was a real asset to the team performance. Marc Albrighton stepped off the bench to score. Andy King came on to a rapturous reception. But it was the cameo from Demarai Gray that really emphasised how Leicester are trying to build beyond the established stars of this season. The 19 year old – a shrewd January signing – showcased lithe movement and creative instincts to encourage for now and the future. Amy Lawrence
• Match report: Leicester 4-0 Swansea
• Ranieri hails his team’s ‘fantastic answer’ to Jamie Vardy absence
• Amy Lawrence: Leicester ramp up electricity with finish line close
• Stuart James: Understudies shine to make light of Vardy’s absence
• Match report: Liverpool 2-2 Newcastle
• Sakho controversy weighs heavy on Klopp’s shoulders
• Sakho’s drugs test failure shows the system appears to be working
• Touré offers Sakho support over anti-doping investigation
• Southampton refuse to give up Europa League dream, says Long
• Match report: Aston Villa 2-4 Southampton
• Said & Done: Legal highs; PR news; and sharing the story of Jesus
• Okore refused to play for club, says caretaker manager
• ‘Introduction of a new shareholder brings a different approach to new squad’
• Manchester United’s Carrick not getting carried away by 2-1 FA Cup semi win
An ominous defeat drove Roberto Martínez to try to show that he can, in fact, build a strong defence. Pointing to the positives amid amid this 2-1 loss against Manchester Unitedand the strides he believes Everton have made during his three‑year tenure, the Spaniard trumpeted his defiance of the fans who want him sacked and declared that he deserves to be allowed to “drive the club forward” by making “big moves” this summer, thanks to the club’s new financial backing.
Manchester United manager on rollercoaster ride; Everton fan is better than Tarot cards; Aston Villa fans give Joleon Lescott the cold shoulder
Three months ago Louis van Gaal was feeling “sad”, trying to resign and saying “the fans are right to boo me”. Now he’s one game from a dignity-saving trophy.
• ‘I like him on the wing, I don’t believe he is an out-and-out goalscorer’
• Manager deflects questions about impact of Cup glory on his future
Anthony Martial gave one of his most impressive performances to date in his first club game at Wembley and provided the winning goal that took Manchester United past Everton to the FA Cup final, but Louis van Gaal insists the French player is a winger rather than a striker who will end up with goalscoring records.
Manchester United’s Wembley hero does not have to be the centre-forward craved by the fans – from the left of a shifting attack he can cause untold damage, as Everton will testify
There has been a peculiar swirl of noises off around Anthony Martial ever since his arrival in England. Overpriced they said: at first – but not for long. A centre-forward in waiting. A man unfairly shackled to his touchline, emblem of the stubbornness of late Louis van Gaal.
• Manager unhappy with Anthony Taylor’s display during FA Cup semi-final
• ‘Referees are deciding the game, not the players,’ says manager after 2-1 win
Louis van Gaal was understandably delighted by Manchester United’s late winner against Everton but still found time to criticise the referee, Anthony Taylor.
The United manager told the BBC: “It’s fantastic. When you see the joy in the eyes of the players it is fantastic to see but also for the fans. I think we deserved to go to the final. I think the referee… we didn’t have any fouls in our benefit. He changed the match I think. We had so many chances. We could have finished it much better.