Everton have sacked the under-fire manager Roberto Martinez after three less than successful years in charge at Goodison Park. The official announcement stated that Roberto left his position with mutual consent.
The Toffees are expected to finish 12th this season, which will be their lowest ever since the points system was introduced back in 1981. One of the biggest reason for Martinez’s failures this season is Everton’s appalling home form.
Goodison used to be a fortress for Everton, but home fans have witnessed only five wins and some terrible football being played this season. 3-0 defeat to Sunderland acted as the final nail in Martinez’s coffin, who now has been sacked by Everton.
The Toffees tried their best to delay the inevitable but two heavy defeats inside four days saw the end of Martinez and it was a decision one can hardly argue.
Everton were known as one of the toughest teams in Premier League who did not give an inch to their opponents. However, under Roberto Martinez, they have surrendered 18 points from winning positions. This tally stood at 19 last season.
Add to that, Everton have conceded 55 goals this season; most since letting in 57 back in the 2002/03 season. Not to mention, they only had one clean sheet in their last 12 league matches.
With these stats and some awful performances on the pitch, Martinez was always on a borrowed time and now that his stubborn reign at the club is over, Everton can look forward to a new era starting next season.
The board first needs to find an able successor for the club. Coincidentally, Fran De Boer resigned from his post of Ajax manager earlier today, perhaps we know why.
Everton could also look at Manuel Pellegrini whose time at Manchester City will be up this summer. Rafa Benitez is another option, who could not save Newcastle United from getting relegated this season and could be looking for a new job in the summer.
Whoever will be in charge next season has a tough job of convincing the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Ross Barkley and John Stones to stay put. If not, then find suitable replacements for the departing stars.
Considering the season Everton have had, it would require a serious re-building work at Goodison next season to ensure The Toffees once again regain their status of being one of the most competitive teams in Premier League.
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