Martinez after Instant Karma

Snapshot Week 23.

January, 27, 2016.

Just remembered Roberto Martinez was once spared relegation humiliation courtesy of a significance sequence of hotly-disputed calls across the Premier League helping wing Wigan to safety. It was 2010-11. Birmingham crashed out of the top flight instead.

That’s how the HPL unfolded that season. The data showing it is out there somewhere.

So, although Martinez’s Wigan were relegated the following season, and the Spaniard then left for fresh Merseyside pastures, there is still a sense of karma this evening (Wed) swirling within the HPL bunker after three highly contentious refereeing calls in as many games have wreaked havoc upon Everton’s dreams.

This, I already realise, could be flawed thinking. I have no idea of the HPL stats regarding Martinez sides between May 2011 and August 2015. They do not exist. Retribution, in the form divine intervention, may well have struck deep into the heart of the personable, free-flowing and free-thinking Toffees coach many moons ago.

If this is the case we should have nothing but sympathy for Martinez and his bruised and battered players.

Firstly, there is the John Terry offside equaliser denying them a 3-2 victory at Stamford Bridge. Then nine days on comes a hotly-disputed winner for Swansea at Goodison Park. And, now, the ball is shown to be over the line before Raheem Sterling crosses for a Manchester City equaliser that eventually leads to Everton’s League Cup semi-final elimination.

Talk of being down and out on your luck. No wonder Martinez is feeling dead blue. He could quite possibly lose his job if things don’t even up on the fortune front sooner rather than later. Some Everton supporters have snapped already.

TV reviews for refs would have rectified two of the three controversies, no problem, intervening on both Terry and Sterling. Instead, as elite football continues to play on in the dark age, a huge thick black cloud is developing over an increasingly grumpy Goodison Park.

Heaven help Martinez, who has been hammered by fans and pundits alike over his alleged disregard for defending, should the rub of the green continue to work against his team this Sunday when they travel to League Two Carlisle United in the FA Cup fourth round.

And, yet, had Everton held on for a Capitol One Cup final date against neighbours Liverpool (which they may or not have done with a correct call against Sterling) and been three places and two points better off in the Premier League table – as they moat certainly are in the latest HPL standings – it is hard to envisage too many of their supporters howling for the manager’s head. HP

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