Everton have announced that they have parted ways with manager Roberto Martinez after three years in charge of the club.
The Toffees currently sit twelfth in the Premier League but have had an abysmal end to the season, losing 3-1 to champions Leicester and then 3-0 away to struggling Sunderland.
Everton were largely inconsistent this season with John Stones’ development stalling and Romelu Lukaku’s phenomenal goal scoring ability largely going to waste.
Martinez’ men have only won five games at home this season and failed to win more than two Premier League games in a row.
While the team did reach the semi-finals for both the FA Cup and Capitol One Cup, they were knocked out by both Manchester United and Manchester City respectively.
Everton have dropped a total of 18 points from winning positions this season and could have potentially been challenging for Europe had they not squandered their chances.
Martinez won 62 of his 143 matches in charge and was touted to be the successor of Arsene Wenger should the Frenchman decide to step down as manager of Arsenal.
But many fan protests dampened the Spaniards’ chances of moving to a bigger club with a banner reading “It’s time to go Roberto” being flown over Goodison Park in their 2-1 win over Bournemouth.
After successfully winning the FA Cup with Wigan back in 2012, Martinez was thought to be one of the best young managers in the Premier League.
And his move to Everton was one of much promise, as he vowed to bring Champions League football to Goodison Park.
But a season plagued by injuries and lacklustre performances has ruled out Everton’s chances of competing with Europe’s elite on the blue half of Merseyside.
Which may have ruled out any hope of holding onto Romelu Lukaku.