Everton sack Martinez, Frank De Boer expected in Liverpool to sign on as next manager

Roberto Martinez
Roberto Martinez

Everton have parted ways with Roberto Martínez and put the Spaniard’s three seasons in charge to the end.

News of the club sacking the manager started doing rounds a few hours before the announcement was made and the confirmation of his exit followed the resolution of talks between the club and the manager’s representatives over a severance payment.

He replaced David Moyes at the Merseyside club and enjoyed successful first season at the club helping the side finish in the fifth place, and keeping them in the running for the Champions League till the end. He also took Everton to the last 16 of the Europa League in the subsequent season but things started fading from the second season itself. Having won 21 league games in his first season, the Spaniard only managed to win a combined 22 league games in the next two seasons, clearly illustrating the fade.

The club’s new majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri decided to end Martínez’s tenure at the club following a dismal run of form and clear evidence of support dying out for the manager.

A club statement read:

Everton have also postponed their end of season awards following the sacking of Roberto Martinez .

An Everton statement read, “Following the departure of Roberto Martinez, the Club’s End of Season Awards, due to be held at St George’s Hall tonight, has been postponed. Roberto has shown great commitment and dignity throughout his time at Everton and the Club feels it should reciprocate by rescheduling the event.The Club hopes that those due to attend would agree that the planned celebration would be inappropriate in the circumstances.’

Martinez was due to be targeted by his own fans at Everton’s end-of-season awards dinner, but that humiliation has now been averted as the club owner put the 42-year-old out of his misery.

David Unsworth, the club’s Under 21 manager, is under consideration to take charge for the final league game against Norwich this weekend.

Dutchman Frank de Boer has been linked with moves to Premier League sides Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool in the past, and following his departure from Ajax which was announced on Thursday after the club failed to win the championship on the final day of the season, the manager has been linked with a move to Everton.

The 45-year-old quit Ajax in the wake of their dramatic failure to win the title on Sunday.

He said in a statement, “I began to realise more that it was time for something else. This is better for me and also for Ajax. What I will do, I don’t know yet – a year without a club is also an option. I’ll see what comes my way.”

His agent, Guido Albers, said that his client “would love to join a club like Everton or Valencia. It’s all about the right philosophy and how they play football. That is what Frank is looking for.”

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