Everton manager Roberto Martinez has denied talk of dressing room unrest at the club.
The Spanish manager has come under fire for Everton’s poor run of form, as they look to finish below fourth for a second consecutive season.
But Martinez insists the relationship between himself and his charges has not broken down as a result of the club’s poor top-flight campaign.
“The manager needs to make the decisions, and the players need to enjoy their job and enjoy their talent and do the things that the team needs every individual to do in order to win,” he said.
“It just isn’t the case that the relationship between the manager and players is a problem. That has never been an issue.
“Remember that we are not talking about a bad team here, or a team that doesn’t perform. We are talking about a team that performs really well away from home, yet doesn’t get the results at home.
“That doesn’t suggest the relationship between the manager and the players is wrong.”