Friday 20 April 2018

Jurgen Klinsmann denies reports he is going to take over at Everton

Jurgen Klinsmann. Photo: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
Jurgen Klinsmann. Photo: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

USA national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann has denied a suggestion that he is in line to replace Roberto Martinez as Everton manager.

Martinez has come under increasing pressure in recent weeks, with Everton fans turning against the manager whose future may now depend on his hopes of guiding the club to FA Cup success.

A 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace on Wednesday night did little to soften the tide of animosity flowing in Martinez’s direction, yet Klinsmann has responded to a report from an ESPN reporter that he was in line to take over at Goodison Park with this Twitter message:

Despite Klinsmann’s comments, Martinez remains under huge pressure, amid reports that he is set for showdown talks with new Everton investor Farhad Moshiri in the coming days,

“I can understand the frustration, I can accept a fair amount of passion – I have no problems with the passion the fans show towards the team because that is the strength we have as a club,” states Martinez.

Martinez now faces a potentially decisive FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United at Wembley on Saturday week, with the future of both managers taking part in that game likely to be on the line.

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