Martinez: Respect for Moyes... after the final whistle

, 18 April, 0comments  |  Jump to most recent
Roberto Martinez says that while he expects David Moyes will be shown respect by Everton's fans when he faces the Blues on their turf for the first time since his departure from the club last year, he explains that there cannot be a nice atmosphere during the game given its importance for the Blues' season.

Along with Phil Neville and Steve Round, Moyes returns to Goodison Park this Sunday for the first time since taking the reins at Manchester United as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor last year and while he was given an emotional send-off by Evertonians last May, his reception this time is expected to be mixed.

Moyes caused rancour among Blues' supporters for his pursuit of Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini last summer during which he made public comments aimed at unsetting two of Everton's star players and offers for the pair that were labelled by Everton officials as "derisory and insulting". The Scot eventually succeeded in signing Fellaini on transfer deadline day last September but his attempts to lure Baines away failed.

Since then, the two teams have met once at Old Trafford and the travelling Evertonians delighted in inflicting on their former manager a first home defeat for United against Everton in 21 years, with many aiming mocking chants at the former boss that, privately, upset Moyes and suggest that he won't be welcomed back with open arms by everyone this weekend.

"We are a club full of integrity and style, and we are a proper football club, so we will show the respect to David Moyes and what he's done for the club," Martinez says. "His work has been terrific. He's the Manchester United manager now and I'm sure that reception will be very much different.

"But every Evertonian will have great memories of the job he did here. Remember that this is probably the most important game of the season. That's the only thing we're focused on.

"The roles that Marouane Fellaini, Phil Neville and David Moyes played, they are well-known figures at Everton and will always be respected, but they will be respected after the final whistle," the Spaniard continues.

"Now they are representing Manchester United, and so it cannot be a nice atmosphere. We all know how important the game is, how vital the three points are, so the focus is very much on ourselves, on what we want to do, and all the nice welcoming will be after the final whistle."


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