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Roberto Martinez fired by Everton

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Roberto Martinez
Roberto Martinez

Everton have sacked Roberto Martinez.

In a statement the club said:

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.

The Spaniard has been dismissed after a very disappointing season in charge of the Toffees.

Everton sit in 12th with one game to go but recent performances, including a 3-1 defeat to Leicester and a 3-0 defeat to struggling Sunderland last night, have enraged fans and a strong 'Martinez Out' campaign has been place for weeks.

Martinez took over the reins from David Moyes in the summer of 2013 and he led Everton to a fifth place finish in his first season.

Last season was more of a disappointment with the effects of European football hampering league form and they finished in 11th.

Hopes were high that this season Everton could return to the top six but the team struggled to break from mid-table, and a combination of a porous defence (the worst of any team outside the bottom five) and a league topping number of draws (14) saw frustration at the lack of progress at the club grow and grow.

Frank de Boer, who just left his post as Ajax boss, is red-hot favourite to take over.

Outgoing Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini and former boss David Moyes have also been installed among the favourites to succeed Martinez at Goodison Park.