Following Everton's defeat to Manchester City in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday and subsequent elimination, Roberto Martinez must be feeling the pressure.
The Spaniard has at his disposal a talented squad and arguably the club's best since the 1980's, yet after a promising start to the new campaign, the Toffees are struggling for results and under-achieving.
Realistically, Everton should be challenging for the top six in the Premier League at least; 12th simply isn't good enough for a side boasting the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Ross Barkley and John Stones.
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Martinez has implemented a free-flowing and attacking style of football this season, in which passing and movement thrives, yet it appears Everton lack a contingency plan if all else fails.
A fundamental quality for a Premier League manager is to be able to adapt. If your team is losing and/or playing badly, secondary tactics are essential - Martinez appears incapable of this.
The 42-year-old held strong and refused to sell Stones to Chelsea last summer, even despite the England youngster handing in a transfer request. His stay was great news for the Toffees, and whilst he's performed admirably this season, Martinez is yet to rein in the Englishman's inclination to play dangerous football at the back.
Elsewhere, Tim Howard has been an excellent servant to the club, but the American is undoubtedly in decline. Despite this, Martinez opted to stick by him when a new goalkeeper was necessary.
Selling Steven Naismith to Norwich City was another questionable decision made this month given the Scotsman's impact from the bench and ability to score vital goals. Everton fans are slowly starting to question their manager's judgement.
Decision making has proved a considerable frailty in Martinez's management this campaign - and until he proves otherwise and steers his side back up the table, Everton owner Bill Kenwright might just be considering his replacement.
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