Under-fire Martinez insists he did NOT have a confrontation with Everton fan

first_img Roberto Martinez is under heavy pressure from the Everton support 1 Roberto Martinez has played down the growing pressure on his position as Everton manager, and insisted a recently publicised meeting with a supporter was NOT confrontational.The Goodison Park faithful have becoming increasingly disgruntled with the Spaniard during what has been another season of underachievement for the Toffees, with Everton currently 14th in the Premier League table.‘Martinez Out’ banners were visible at the weekend’s match at Watford, while footage has emerged online of Martinez involved in a discussion with a supporter at Monday night’s under-21s victory over Chelsea at Southport.(Video courtesy of Everton That)With their conversation not audible in the clip, speculation suggested the manager was targeted by a member of the ‘Martinez Out’ brigade.But the Toffees boss has dismissed any suggestion the exchange was anything other than friendly, insisting he welcomes dialogue with fans.“It is not a confrontation,” he told a press conference on Tuesday.“I always want to know what the fans feel, and I always respect a fan who supports our club who has a genuine interest in the club.“I have enormous respect for people who share passion for the club – Evertonians have been through a lot but now is my third season here and I understand and share their frustrations.“We will never look away from a fan’s opinion – if I have an opportunity to share a few moments with a fan, I will always do that as it is important to know how fans feel.“I have no problems with the passion the fans have towards the team and the club, because that is the strength we have as a club and we will do everything we can to make them proud.“I can understand the frustration. I can understand that in our football club we all share an incredible amount of passion.“We are as disappointed as the fans are. We need to be close together to use each other’s strength.“The only thing that matters to us is to make sure we finish the season really strong and get high up the table.”Martinez admits Everton have been their own worst enemies this season, losing a number of matches they should have won.“There is not such a thing as blame,” he said.“We put a lot of work into assembling this squad which breeds excitement and incredible potential but the reality is we have been really good in certain aspects and really poor in others.“We have thrown really good positions away. Clearly we need to get better.“We are in a significant moment of the season. There is no time to look back but just be as good as we can in the next game.”last_img read more

Simulation shows diamond nanothread may not have to be so brittle after

first_img Carbon nanothreads from compressed benzene Explore further The atomic configurations of a segment of DNT, insets show the structural representation of the poly-benzene rings and the Stone-Wales defect (SWD). Credit: arXiv:1511.01583 [cond-mat.mtrl-sci] (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from Australia and Singapore has found via simulation that diamond nanothreads may not have to be as brittle as has been assumed. In their paper uploaded to the arXiv server, the team describes the simulations they created and why they believe defects found in the construction process may be the key to creating useful structures out of the material. Journal information: arXiv Citation: Simulation shows diamond nanothread may not have to be so brittle after all (2015, November 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-11-simulation-diamond-nanothread-brittle.htmllast_img read more