English Premiership

Osman: Martinez had to leave Everton

2016-07-06 15:29
roberto martinez
Roberto Martinez (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Leon Osman says that Everton made the right decision to sack Roberto Martinez and praised the club for appointing Ronald Koeman in his place.

The Toffees' home form during the 2015/16 season was very poor, resulting in a disappointing 11th-place finish, their lowest in ten years.

Despite manager Martinez managing to take his side to both the League and FA Cup semi-finals, their league performance simply wasn't good enough for him to retain his job.

And Osman, who recently signed a new one-year contract with the Merseyside club, expressed his support for the decision.

"(Under Roberto) it was pleasant, it was good," he told BBC Merseyside. "There was always a good atmosphere, and we always enjoyed coming training."

"That first season was fantastic, when the feeling was good and we were winning games, but we lost our way a bit in the next two seasons.

"It was disappointing, and the way things developed was probably right. We needed to look for a new manager and that's what we did," the 31-year-old added.

How does he feel about Koeman taking over from Martinez?

"It's a good appointment," Osman said. "If I was picking (the new manager) myself, I'd want a guy with Premier League experience. He's done a good job at Southampton, and he'd have been near the top of the list."

"Time will tell, but he looks like he has all the attributes to succeed. If this was his first job in management, you'd have the utmost respect for him due to his playing career. But he's done well as a manager too.

"The players will have a lot of respect for him, and from what it looks, it'll be a good appointment." Osman added.


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

29 October 2016
Sunderland v Arsenal, Stadium of Light 13:30
Manchester United v Burnley, Old Trafford 16:00
Middlesbrough v Bournemouth, Riverside Stadium 16:00
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City, The Hawthorns 16:00
Watford v Hull City, Vicarage Road 16:00
Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City, White Hart Lane 16:00
Crystal Palace v Liverpool, Selhurst Park 18:30
30 October 2016
Everton v West Ham United, Goodison Park 15:30
Southampton v Chelsea, St. Mary's Stadium 18:00
31 October 2016
Stoke City v Swansea City, Britannia Stadium 22:00
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Will Jose Mourinho lead Manchester United to the English Premiership title in 2016/17?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.