Why sack Roberto Martinez now? Fed-up boss should have gone after loss to Man United

Decent runs in both domestic cups briefly lifted spirits but they would end in semi-final defeats and more disappointment.

Supporters’ fury grew steadily over the course of the season as Martinez spoke about positivity when it was all doom and gloom around him.

In the end they could take no more.

When they got battered by neighbours Liverpool on the eve of the FA Cup semi-final, the Reds fans goaded their rivals by cheering for “Bobby Martinez”.

It would be the last time he would hear his named sung without the chant “out” coming swiftly behind it.

Martinez, to his credit, took it all with dignity.

He walked out of the tunnel at Goodison on his way home after the Bournemouth game despite a group of 100 or so fans waiting to make their feelings known.

The Spaniard could have looked for another exit and he was also prepared to attend tonight’s end of season awards despite more protests planned.

In the end, Everton’s board decided to save him from it.

He had had enough too.

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