Failing to learn

I’m very lucky to have had many more good days at work than bad ones in my career. But even on the best of days, I’ve always tried to learn something that would make me better on another day.

That’s why, as an Everton fan, I’m so frustrated with Roberto Martinez’s inability or unwillingness to learn, that I would end his tenure as Toffees manager now.

It might sound harsh on a man whose side was last weekend robbed of a win at Chelsea, to complete a league double over the champions; which is on the brink of the League Cup final; which sits just two wins off a Europa League spot; and plays, by all accounts, some of the most attractive football in England.

In a way, those plaudits make even worse the problem that John Terry’s late, late, offside leveler wasn’t an aberration. It was the third time in a matter of weeks that Everton have scored three goals in a game and failed to win it.

The perceived wisdom at the time of Roberto’s appointment was that, whilst he had relegated Wigan with an abominable defence, more money and better players would be the answer. But the reality has been that – just like at Wigan – he has inherited a solid defence and, slowly but surely, turned it into a shambles.

That is simply not learning from past mistakes and not working hard enough on the training ground, something that I as a leader could never accept. Neither should Evertonians accept that my reluctant prophecy that he would turn us into Wigan is coming true.


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