Martinez: “No Irons kicking match”

roberto-martinezEverton boss Roberto Martinez has pledged there will be no kicking match at West Ham this weekend as both teams try to avoid topping UEFA’s Fair Play League!

Instead he says says if his side do earn one of three places open to Europe’s best-behaved teams –  then he will embrace it with enthusiasm.

Liverpool are top of the Fair Play table, but are already almost certain to qualify for Europe leaving the Irons and their visitorsto fight it, leaving their neighbours at Goodison to slug it out with us.

But  asked if Saturday’s game would tempt each side to a kicking match to avoid having to return to training in June for a July 2 start in the first qualifying round of the Europa League, he said: “No, no, no! It is just one of those situations.

“I wouldn’t be disappointed. I would love it, and to answer it clearly, if we get awarded a place, we will embrace it and enjoy it as a football club.

“The international players are away until June 17th, so they would not be available for the early rounds. But we have got a lot of young, talented players who have already played in Europe. They are ready for that experience.

“The first four games would be taken in that manner. Then it is part of the preparation for the pre-season work. There is a place in the football club to embrace it – it is a chance for the youngsters to accept the responsibility and see how far they can go in the early round. It doesn’t happen every year. “



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12 comments on “Martinez: “No Irons kicking match”

  1. Why is everyone talking about a kicking match both teams have the same to loose,
    More important is the fact that 10 points are available for attacking football and we are at home,
    BFS points don’t mater attacking does so throw caution to the wind give Little Kev a week off ( no bench ) start Nene up front with Valencia,
    Play Alfitano,Downing,Koutate And Song
    Jenkinson,Burke,Ginge and Cresswell
    Oxford,Noble,Jarvis,Cole and Potts
    Give BFS a week off with Kev and let Teddy run things

  2. ahahah… bubs, maybe you forget Saturday will be the last Sam’s day at the Boleyn Ground… The Genius will leave his mark… lol It’s a special occasion to give us his bag of tricks… Kev lone forward, Stewart behind him in the control room, Jussi instead of Adrian, Demel and O’Brien on the wings like two cheetahs… long balls like they were a meteor shower… Kev will try to score his 100th goal at all costs. Then he’ll run to the bench and he will ask Sam to marry him.


  3. Matte we can be bridesmaid with Banjo and conkerpot,
    As long as it’s his last home game I don’t care what happens

    • ahahahha… I can hardly wait for that day… I watch tv, Bayern vs Barca, rubbish football… lol
      Good evening!

  4. I am already excited to think this could/should be the last time i see a Hippos herd on the pitch.I think i might wear a hippo onesie to the game,lol,maybe it should be a rabid dog one though 😉

  5. Just think guys,no more pathetic excuse making press conferences from fatty,thats just the pre match ones.I have followed The Irons for more than 40yrs & i have never known one of our managers to play the blame game as much as this guy.His inability to except anything is his fault is unbelievable.Thats before his useless PlanA or nothing tactics & terrible way he picks his favourite which clearly affects the team.For me that is nothing more than ripping fans off if he isnt picking his strongest side.Which he doesnt with Nolan in the team,lets make no bones about that.He mugs fans off everytime he does that!!

  6. Were the Rabid Dog or people will think you are the Cookie Monster,
    Better for being known for licking your Balls than pulling your pudding think about BFS,
    have a good day mate you deserve one to get your money’s worth,

  7. Two games to go,thank god for that.I dont think it is much to ask to have a manager who plays with a little attacking intent.Who doesnt come out with such negative comments as ‘Both teams start with a point’ ‘Respect the point’ & his all time classic against WBA at home when one up & drew ‘ we tried too haed to score the second goal’.If this guy stayed for another two years the team would just stagnate.We need change & i dont think it makes you moronic to want that or comment about that.Quite frankly what that RoHammer said about the ’10 most moronic west ham supports on the web’ was well out of order & i suggest he keeps his big mouth shut in future.But i guess its easy to say that banging away on a keyboard miles away in another country.Love to see the ****er say it to my face the berkeley!!

  8. Agree Chicken,no it aint too much to ask,hopefully we will get someone new who embraces attacking intent to some degree,any degree would be an improvement,lol,as for that guy,as you say,he was out of order.Pushed it too far,but calm down,your teeth will fall out 😀

  9. i know but i got them well glued in,lol,nah,im old school mate,got something to say say it to the persons face or not at all,if not have a straightener,get it all done & dusted.Not into all these keyboard ponces shooting their mouths off from their armchair.**** ’em!!
    I will get in trouble with my boy anyway,i use his account,just change to my name.One day i will write something in his name & he will bury me 😀

  10. Ahah… Saturday I suggest you dress in mourning in a black onesie… Candles in your hands and papers mask of Sam… That makes me tingle all over just to imagine it… Lol


  11. What a refreshing attitude this guy has.
    I remember observing him pre match when he brought Wigan to our place in his first season, he was out around the apron of the pitch, visualising the patterns of play for his team, soaking up the smell and atmosphere of the iconic Boleyn Ground.
    Make no mistake, this guy loves the game!

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