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Martinez: Jury out on Ole

Everton manager Roberto Martinez does not know whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will turn out to be the right man to lead Saturday's opponents Cardiff out of danger.

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Roberto Martinez: Everton boss unsure if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can save Cardiff

Roberto Martinez: Everton boss unsure if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can save Cardiff

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And the Goodison Park boss does believe changing a manager mid-season without a clear strategy has very few long-term benefits.

Solskjaer replaced Malky Mackay in January with the Bluebirds just a point above the bottom three but they head to Goodison Park this weekend inside the relegation zone, albeit on goal difference.

The former Manchester United striker has taken just seven points from his first nine matches, although they did secure a crucial win over bottom side Fulham last weekend.

Martinez believes the evidence shows short-term thinking does not pay off.

"It is difficult. It is very rare you get a real improvement for the long-term," he said.

"In the short term they sometimes get a positive reaction but a change rarely affects things in a good way for the long term.

"Sometimes we get those decisions. Overall you don't want to see those sort of changes and I personally don't believe the quick turnaround of a manager will give you long-term success unless you appoint the right man.

"It depends on every situation and every club has internal issues that they (should) know whether the decision will be right.

"But if you ask me nothing gives you more success in the long term than good stability and working with a real strategy to improve."

Jagielka

Martinez, meanwhile, is refusing to rush Phil Jagielka back to action after missing the last two games with a hamstring problem.

Martinez does not want to take risks on Jagielka's fitness ahead of a busy period of four games in 16 days.

"Phil is recovering well. Now it's a matter of assessing him day-by-day and seeing how quickly he can get back into playing," added Martinez.

"Clearly it's important he is 100 per cent. I know he's a player who will at times put himself forward at only 90 per cent to help the team but with the amount of games we have - it's a nine-week period with 11 games - we need Phil and every player to be fully fit.

"Whenever Phil is 100 per cent he'll be able to help the team but we need to protect him a little bit and make sure he's not rushed back into playing too early, which could risk a further period out."

Midfielder Steven Pienaar is doubtful for the clash with Cardiff after limping off in the FA Cup quarter-final defeat at Arsenal last weekend.

"Stevie and a couple of others picked up knocks and bruises as you would expect from such a competitive and demanding game, but we're going to assess them over the next few days and we'll find the final extent," continued Martinez.

"At the minute there doesn't seem anything to worry about."

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