Everton have sacked their manager Roberto Martinez after a run of just one win in ten Premier League sees the Spaniard leave the Toffees in a disappointing 12th place.
In a statement from the club’s owners on evertonfc.com, they thanked Martinez for all his efforts 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.”
Martinez led the Toffees to semi-finals in both the FA Cup and Capital One Cup, but their league form has been well below expectations with just five home wins all season and will finish in the bottom half of the table for the second successive season.
Former Everton player and current under-21 coach David Unsworth and ex-boss Joe Royle will take charge for the final game against Norwich on Sunday as the owners begin their search for a new head coach.
Former Ajax manager Frank de Boer is the bookies favourite to take the reins at Goodison Park, while Southampton’s Ronald Koeman is also believed to be on the owners radar.
It comes to no surprise that Everton and Roberto Martinez have parted company but the timing of it is a bit strange. Surely with only one game left they would have given him until Sunday.
Martinez enjoyed a great first season with Everton leading them to fifth place in 2014 but the last two seasons have not matched Everton’s standards. Martinez is a good manager and I would not be surprised to see him land in La Liga next season.
It would baffle me if Ronald Koeman left Southampton for take the reins at Goodison Park, but with Frank de Boer also stepping down as Ajax manager today, I think the Dutchman is on his way to the Premier League.