Everton confirmed the departure of manager Roberto Martinez with immediate effect on Thursday.

Martinez, who took charge in 2013 following David Moyes’ exit, has been under heavy pressure for several weeks after a disappointing run of form and leaves the club 12th in the Premier League.

Everton have won just one of their last 10 matches in all competitions, and Wednesday’s 3-0 defeat to Sunderland was their third straight away from home. They conceded 10 goals in those three games.