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Everton boss Roberto Martinez has lost John Stones and taken Toffees backwards: Andy Gray

Published 26/04/2016

Under pressure: Roberto Martinez has overseen a run of poor results
Under pressure: Roberto Martinez has overseen a run of poor results

Former Everton striker Andy Gray claims manager Roberto Martinez has “lost” John Stones while taking the club backwards.

Martinez’s position has come under increasing scrutiny following the 2-1 FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester United. That loss came on the back of a 4-0 derby defeat to Liverpool and Everton find themselves 11th in the Premier League, a whopping 23 from the top four.

“Martinez is on the brink,” said Gray.

“He has lost most of the fans who would now like to see him go.

Everyone keeps telling me that this is the best group of players they have had since my day in the 80s when Everton were winning things.

“If that’s true and if they have got the talent — which for me they clearly have — then it’s up to the coach to bring out the best in them and he has failed to do that.”

Everton, who declined to comment on Gray’s remarks, turned down bids from Chelsea last summer to sign Stones.

And he was left out of the team following the Capital One Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester City at the end of January and did not start again for over a month.

“I think he has lost John Stones because of the way he has treated him this season and maybe one or two other players,” claimed Gray.

“In my opinion Everton have gone backwards since last year.”

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