Having served as Everton manager for three years, Roberto Martinez was given the sack less than 24 hours after a grueling 3-0 loss to Sunderland last Wednesday.
The announcement came as no surprise, after an underwhelming season saw Everton suffer 13 Premier League defeats and finish 11th in the table. With players such as Romelu Lukaku on top form this season, 11th place is certainly not what the board and fans expected.
In the month prior to Martinez getting the boot, Everton had lost a vital FA cup semi-final match to Manchester United, alongside heavy league defeats to Liverpool, Leicester and Sunderland. The club praised Martinez through a statement given on Thursday for he’s “integrity” describing him as a “great ambassador” for the club.
As the season transpired protests grew within the crowds, as fans became impatient with how the seasons had panned out calling for the Spaniard’s head. Martinez had made promises of developing the club further and insuring Champions League football, a feat which even former manager David Moyes could only achieve once.
“Martinez Out” banners has decorated the stadium in recent fixtures as the match against Sunderland proved to be Martinez’s last as the Everton boss. Now the question that remains is who the most suitable managerial replacement for the club is. David Moyes has been linked with a Goodison Park return, with rumors including former Ajax boss Frank De Boer.
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