Goalkeeper Tim Howard has tried to take the responsibility for the club’s poor form this season by claiming that Everton manager Roberto Martinez is not responsible.

The American International goalkeeper will be leaving the club in the summer after agreeing a deal with Colorado Rapids of the MLS. This will see him return to the North American soccer after more than a decade in English football with the likes of Manchester United and Everton. He has signed a 3 ½ year contract with the MLS outfit that will see him join midway through the 2016 MLS campaign.

Martinez recently confirmed that Howard will be given an opportunity to say goodbye to the supporters by featuring in the last two matches of the season. However, his farewell party has been spoiled by an uprising against Martinez following a very poor campaign on all fronts. Despite striker Romelu Lukaku coming in with 25 goals in all competitions this term, highly inconsistent form has seen the club in the with almost nothing and having regressed in many areas. Apart from challenging for a European spot, the club are languishing in the bottom of the table. Featuring in the FA Cup semi-final is seen as the only success for the club this season.

Howard, though, has defended the manager by saying that the players are responsible for this poor form."Everyone talks about the manager but he hasn't kicked one ball this season. It is down to us as players. We are the ones who have to be resilient and dig in. If that hasn't been good enough, fair dos.We have to take that on the chin. The table doesn't lie.Everyone is entitled to their opinion so I don't want to comment on planes and banners but we have to kick the ball, try to save it, try to score,” said Howard.