Everton captain Jagielka fears summer exodus

Date published: Tuesday 17th May 2016 10:48

Phil Jagielka: Anticipates big changes at Everton after poor season

Everton captain Phil Jagielka has admitted he expects the squad to change over the summer due to the amount of players set to leave.

The Toffees struggled this season under Roberto Martinez, eventually finishing 11th following a 3-0 final day win over Norwich City under the guidance of caretaker boss David Unsworth.

Key players such as Romelu Lukaku, John Stones and Ross Barkley have all been linked with exits from Goodison Park.

“There is going to be a lot of change in the playing squad. I am not sure the squad is going to be big enough for the start of next season with the people who are leaving” the England international told The Guardian.

“It is a case of the club deciding what sort of squad and formula they want to go for both on the pitch and off the pitch. That will determine what manager they want.

Jagielka, 33, admitted that there will be a lot of players leaving the club over the summer, including potential stars.

“I am not sure exactly what will go on but there could be double figures leaving, which is a lot. We are not talking about young lads either. We are talking about established first-team players. It is going to be a big change of personnel and that will play a big part in who will get the chance to manage the club.”

A below-par season has left Evertonians demanding change, which eventually came in the form of the sacking of Martinez after a 3-0 defeat at Sunderland.

“I am not really prepared to answer the question of what went wrong. The results were the results. In the end that is what cost the manager his job. There were things put on TV about the last 10 results and unfortunately that was the state of play.

“Things materialised because of the results and it was very hard for the manager to stay in charge. The people who make the decisions decided that was the case. It is easy to say it has been a season of underachievement but we have had two great cup runs.

“Our league form hasn’t been as good as it is should have been but things haven’t been as bad as people have made out. Football is a results business and unfortunately for us in the league it is not what we have wanted.”

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