Everton sack Martinez
Roberto Martinez has been sacked as Everton manager following the club's 3-0 defeat to Sunderland. The Spaniard leaves the club 12th in the table with a run of just one win in their previous 10 league games. It is believed that under-21 coach David Unsworth will take charge of the team for the final league game of the season against Norwich.
The decision brings to an end his reign of nearly three years with this season's underwhelming performances ultimately proving costly. Despite reaching the semi-finals of both domestic cup competitions, it is in the league where Everton have really faltered. They have won just five league games at home all season with only Bournemouth and Aston Villa conceding more goals in front of their own supporters.
In Martinez's first season in charge, he amassed a hugely impressive total of 72 points as the club finished 5th in the league. His possession-based attacking style of play saw him hugely popular amongst the Goodison Park faithful. Upon succeeding David Moyes, Martinez had promised to lead the club to Champions League football and his debut season indicated he could do just that.
However the following two seasons have not been anywhere near as successful. Last year the club finished only 11th in the Premier League and with another mid-table finish this campaign, the board have decided now is the time to act. With the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Ross Barkley and John Stones in the ranks, many had expected Everton to compete for a European spot but eight league defeats in 2016 have seen those hopes dashed.
Speculation to who could succeed him has already been well documented with former Ajax boss Frank de Boer the clear favourite. De Boer parted company with the Dutch giants at the end of the season after leading the club to four Eredivisie in six seasons. His agent was quoted as saying the 45-year-old would be interested in a move to Merseyside and as a result BetVictor have slashed the odds to as short as 1/3.
At present De Boer looks set to be in charge next season although the clubs has also been linked with the likes of Manuel Pellegrini, Mark Hughes and another Dutchman, Ronald Koeman.