London - Everton have sacked manager Roberto Martinez, the Premier League club
announced on Thursday, confirming widespread reports in the British
In place since joining from Wigan Athletic in 2013, the 42-year-old
Spaniard paid the price for a run of one win in 10 league games and an
FA Cup semi-final defeat at the hands of Manchester United.
"Everton Football Club regrets to announce that Roberto Martinez has
left his position as first team manager with immediate effect," the club
announced in a statement on their website.
Martinez departs with Everton 12th in the league table ahead of their
final game of the season at home to Norwich City on Sunday. They have
not announced who will take charge for that fixture.
"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," Everton added.
"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
The club also announced that they have postponed their end-of-season
awards ceremony, which had been due to take place in Liverpool on
Thursday. Fans had planned to protest against Martinez during the
Martinez joined Everton after leading Wigan to FA Cup glory and
relegation in the same season, replacing the Manchester United-bound
David Moyes, and took the Merseyside club to a fifth-place finish in his
He promised to steer Everton into the Champions League, but they
finished 11th last season and have failed to compete for a European
place this season, despite reaching the semi-finals of both domestic
Articulate and engaging, Martinez has helped to bring on talented
young players such as England internationals John Stones and Ross
Barkley and prolific Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku.
But his team's defensive shortcomings have become increasingly
apparent in recent months and he has angered supporters by repeatedly
emphasising the positives.
Everton's struggles have been exacerbated by the success that clubs
such as Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and
Southampton have enjoyed.
A banner saying "TIME TO GO ROBERTO" was flown over Goodison Park
during Everton's 2-1 win over Bournemouth last month and fans remained
in the ground after the match to protest against him and chairman Bill
Martinez's sacking follows Iranian businessman Farhad Moshiri's arrival in February as the club's new majority shareholder.
Recent results included a 4-0 derby drubbing by Liverpool, a
one-sided 3-1 loss at champions Leicester and a 3-0 defeat at
Speaking after Wednesday's game against Sunderland, which enabled the
northeast club to secure Premier League survival, Martinez said that
his players remained "100 percent" behind him.
Moyes, sacked by United in 2014, and Frank de Boer, who left Dutch
giants Ajax earlier on Thursday, have been touted as potential
candidates to succeed Martinez.
De Boer's brother, Ronald, told Sky Sports News: "Frank is interested
in the Everton job, but it's not up to him to make the move. That's up
to the club. In my eyes he's the right man for that job."