No Moyes worries for Martinez

  • Last Updated: December 2 2013, 11:55 GMT

Manager Roberto Martinez admits he has not given much consideration to the state of predecessor David Moyes' reputation with Everton fans.

David Moyes and Roberto Martinez meet on Wednesday night.
David Moyes and Roberto Martinez meet on Wednesday night.

Just a few weeks after leaving Goodison Park for Old Trafford the Scot made what was considered an insulting and derisory offer by the Toffees for Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines.

United offered £28million for the pair just a short time after the expiry of Fellaini's £23.5million buy-out clause, having previously bid £16million for the Belgium international.

That effectively massively under-valued Baines even at £12million and was given short shrift by Everton.

Fellaini eventually went late in August for £27.5million but speculation persists United will return for Baines - currently sidelined by a broken toe - in January.

"I don't think that is something that I spend much time (thinking) about," said Martinez when asked about whether Moyes had tainted his relationship with fans after 11 years at the club.

"I think David Moyes did a fantastic job over the last 11 years and that is what I want to keep.

"Everything else that has happened are normal situations which would occur in football

"From our point of view I will always look at Everton in terms of getting stronger and progressing internally and on the pitch and I think we have done that in the last five months.

"It is not our style to look elsewhere (at other clubs and managers).

"We want to assess ourselves what we do internally, not having to look elsewhere."

Looking at his own squad, Martinez admits they may have to find a solution to the problem of Johnny Heitinga in January.

The Holland international has played just two Capital One Cup matches and youngster John Stones was preferred ahead of him as one of the substitutes in Saturday's 4-0 win over Stoke.

"Johnny has been an incredible professional since day one. He has been a big influence in the way we wanted to work," said the Toffees boss.

"Johnny is a top footballer and we can understand if he doesn't play many minutes we will try to see if we can help him in January.

"But ideally I would like Johnny to start playing and have a big role on the pitch as much as he has off it.

"Sometimes the fans don't see that side. I really admire and value that.

"We all want Johnny to play and participate on the pitch but that is something we will have to assess over the next few weeks."


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