Roberto Martinez has been sacked by Everton after 3 years in charge.
An abysmal run of just one win in the last 10 matches, was enough for the Spaniard to be shown the door relieving him of the pains of being in charge of The Toffees’ final match of the season against Norwich. Martinez’s sack had been looming in the background though, it was only a question of when. The former Wigan boss had taken charge of affairs at Everton in 2013 with a promise to deliver Champions League football but having dropped 18 points from winning positions this season, losing 4-0 to Liverpool, the FA Cup semi-final defeat by Manchester United at Wembley, the 3-1 loss to champions Leicester on Saturday and the 3-0 defeat at Sunderland on Wednesday; the new major investor Farhad Moshiri had seen enough. The lack of support from the Everton fans who easily flew banners asking for the the manager to be axed didn’t do Martinez any favours either.
Everton said in a statement on Thursday afternoon: “Everton Football Club regrets to announce that Roberto Martinez has left his position as First Team Manager with immediate effect.
“The Chairman and the Board of Directors would like to place on record their thanks for the dedication and commitment Roberto has shown during his three seasons with the club.
“Roberto has been a great ambassador for the club, conducting himself, at all times, with the utmost integrity and dignity.
“He secured the club its highest ever Premier League points total, a place in the last 16 of the Europa League and appearances in both domestic cup semi-finals. He has also played a key role in the development of several young players, managing their progression to the Everton First Team and International honours.”
Frank de Boer has been highly rumoured to succeed Martinez after leaving Ajax.