Roberto Martinez is feeling the pressure.
Goodison Park is expected to host a vitriolic atmosphere for Everton's home game against Bournemouth on Saturday, now that the Toffees' faithful have been dragged back down to earth from the lofty heights of the FA Cup semi-final.
Losing 2-1 to Manchester United in injury time at Wembley was yet another bitter pill to swallow for the fans, whose frustrations threaten to reach boiling point against the Cherries.
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Now, Martinez has attempted - probably unsuccessfully - to shift some of the blame, not onto his players but, onto his predecessor David Moyes, who left the club three years ago.
Martinez digs at Moyes
As quoted by the Daily Mirror, Martinez made a thinly-veiled reference to Moyes, saying: "If I had been given ten years to work with Everton by being mediocre I would not accept that."
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"We are a big club with big expectations and we have not won silverware for 21 years."
He does have Moyes to blame for his current predicament, but only in that the Scot raised expectations by regularly challenging for the top four, and even achieving Champions League football in the 2005-2006 season.
When he left for Manchester United, he was replaced by Martinez, who achieved a record number of points in his first season.
It is this campaign, however, that looks set to be the former Wigan and Swansea manager's downfall. A 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Liverpool never goes down well on the blue half of Merseyside, and while the FA Cup defeat removed any last hopes of salvation in the form of silverware, it was simply the icing on a cake which appears to have turned Martinez sour.
Unhappy at home
Everton's atrocious home form is set to go down as their worst in history. In fact, thanks to the Liverpool Echo's number-crunching, Martinez also has to contend with the statistic that the only other times they have lost eight or more home games was when there were 42 games in a season, not 38.
Martinez is also under fire for struggling to get the best out of promising young players, particularly John Stones, who seems to have gone backwards in his development. With the likes of Ross Barkley, Gerard Deulofeu, and Romelu Lukaku in their squad, the Toffees should at the very least be contending for the Europa league. Instead, they languish in 11th place.
With the likes of Ross Barkley, Gerard Deulofeu, and Romelu Lukaku in their squad, the Toffees should at the very least be contending for the Europa league. Instead, they languish in 11th place.
Unfortunately for Martinez, that may be quite enough justification for the club's new owners to axe him.
He is right that unlike Moyes, he has not gone a decade without a trophy, but it looks increasingly unlikely that he will be lasting as long as that at all.
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