Following a disappointing run in the Premier League this year, Everton has decided to part ways with first team manager Roberto Martinez. The club has confirmed the move via their official Twitter account.
Everton Football Club regrets to announce that Roberto Martinez has left his position as First Team Manager with immediate effect.
— Everton (@Everton) May 12, 2016
The embattled manager has faced enormous scrutiny regarding his on-field strategy over the past two seasons, and the club currently sits in 12th place in the Premier League with one match remaining. Everton is only 10 points clear of the relegation zone this season and the disappointment comes after a 2014-15 11th place finish.
While it became clear that this is a move that Everton finally needed to make, Martinez did lead the club to a club-record 72 points in his first season as Everton manager (2013-14) and a top 16 finish in the UEFA Europa League last season.
The club released the following statement on the team’s official site:
“Everton Football Club regrets to announce that Roberto Martinez has left his position as First Team Manager with immediate effect. 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. 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 always approached scrutiny with stubbornness, but his record at Everton is a minuscule 60 wins, 41 draws and 43 losses (.420 win percentage). He was able to survive longer than most managers would have with top clubs in the Premier League, but even then he wasn’t able to pull off another escape that even Houdini would be proud of.
A few of the names linked with the Everton managerial position are Frank de Boer (Ajax), Ronald Koeman (Southampton), Manuel Pellegrini (Manchester City) and former Everton manager David Moyes to name a few, according to the Liverpool Echo.