Everton’s manager Roberto Martinez has been sacked following growing pressure from supporters as the Toffees have lost in the semi-finals of the FA Cup and League Cup this season.
The 42-year old had promised to deliver Champions League football when he was appointed to replace David Moyes in the summer of 2013 and he finished fifth in his first season in charge with 72 points – the most achieved by Everton since they last won the league title in 1986-87.
But his job has been under threat for the past few months due to a disappointing campaign, which will end with the club finishing in the bottom half of the Premier League table. Martinez was expected to remain in charge until after Sunday’s final game of the season at home to already-relegated Norwich City but, according to reports, the Everton hierachy have taken the decision to wield the axe and the club are expected to make an official announcement imminently to confirm their decision.
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Everton which are 12th in the Premier League, were beaten 3-1 by champions Leicester on Saturday and lost 3-0 at Sunderland on Wednesday. The result means the Toffees have lost six and won just one of their last 10 matches in all competitions. They have won just five league games at home all season and are guaranteed to finish with their lowest points tally at Goodison Park since the introduction of three points for a win in 1981.
Statistically, Martinez leaves Everton with a 38% Premier League win percentage. Over the past two seasons Everton have won a combined 22 league games – just one more than in 2013-14. They have conceded 18 points from winning positions this season – only Tottenham with 20 and Liverpool (19) have a worse record.
Two-goal advantages were lost at Bournemouth and Chelsea and even when they regained the lead in injury time in both games they still were pegged back to 3-3. A 2-0 lead at home to West Ham with 12 minutes left ended in a 3-2 defeat.
Last season the Toffees had the joint worst record with Sunderland for teams losing points from winning positions with 19.