Everton’s board of directors thanked Roberto Martinez for the hard work and dedication he has shown to the club after they sacked him.
Martinez paid the price for Everton’s Premier League nosedive when he was relieved of his duties with one game still to play.
The club’s board acted swiftly to dismiss Martinez in the wake of Wednesday night’s 3-0 defeat at Sunderland, which kept the Wearsiders up and extended Everton’s recent run to one win in their last 10 games.
The former Wigan boss was to have faced protests from fans at the club’s player-of-the-year dinner, scheduled for Thursday but subsequently postponed, and also at Saturday’s final home game against Norwich.
Martinez, who succeeded David Moyes in 2013 and had three years left on his contract, had insisted at the Stadium of Light that the players were still “100 per cent” behind him.
But the board, including new majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri, clearly disagreed, issuing a statement which read: “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 Merseyside club has confirmed David Unsworth and Joe Royle will be in charge for Sunday’s final game of the season against Norwich.