Everton sack manager Martinez

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Everton have sacked manager Roberto Martinez after three years in charge.

Martinez’s side, 12th in the Premier League, were beaten 3-1 by champions Leicester on Saturday and lost 3-0 at Sunderland on Wednesday.

The Toffees lost in the semi-finals of the FA Cup and League Cup this season.

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.

The club are expected to make an official announcement imminently to confirm their decision.

There have been an increasing number of protests against the Spaniard from supporters at recent home matches.

A banner saying “Time to go Roberto” was flown over Goodison during the 2-1 win over Bournemouth on 30 April, while some Everton fans remained inside the ground for more than hour after the match to protest against Martinez and chairman Bill Kenwright.

A 4-0 loss to Liverpool and FA Cup semi-final defeat by Manchester United at Wembley came within four days of each other. Martinez had previously stated that they would be “defining” fixtures for his side.

The 42-year-old 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.

Last season they slipped to 11th.

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.

In March, 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.

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Martinez successfully fought to keep hold of defender John Stones last summer as Everton rejected a £30m bid from Chelsea, but striker Romelu Lukaku said in March that he is keen to play in the Champions League next season.

In January, Martinez bought forward Oumar Niasse from Lokomotiv Moscow for £13.5m – Everton’s third most expensive signing – but the Senegal striker has started only two matches, failing to score in seven appearances in total.

Everton came under new ownership in February when Iranian businessman Farhad Moshiri bought a 49.9% stake.

Martinez began his managerial career at Swansea in 2007 and oversaw promotion from League One in his first full season in charge before joining Wigan in 2009.

He led the Latics to their first FA Cup victory in 2013, beating Manchester City 1-0 in the final, but they were relegated from the Premier League three days later and he took over at Everton shortly after.

Martinez’s biggest signings for Everton:

Romelu Lukaku for £28m from Chelsea

Oumar Niasse for £13.5m from Lokomotiv Moscow

James McCarthy for £13m from Wigan

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An anti-Martinez banner was flown over the ground during the Bournemouth match
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Some Everton fans remained inside Goodison Park for more than an hour after full-time to protest against Roberto Martinez and chairman Bill Kenwright
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Martinez had been criticised by sections of the Everton support this season

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