Everton confirm Roberto Martinez departure

Roberto Martinez’s three-year reign in charge of Everton has come to an end following a dismal run of form.
Having overseen a run of just one win in their last 10 matches, culminating in a wretched display in the 3-0 defeat by Sunderland on Wednesday night, the appetite for change among the Goodison Park faithful has spiralled.
He was absent from the training ground on Thursday morning, and Everton made an official announcement after multiple outlets, including BBC Sport and Sky Sports, confirmed his departure before the club.
“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,” read a statement on the club’s website.
“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.”
After talks were held by the club’s hierarchy, new major shareholder Farhad Moshiri has decided that a change in direction is required.An Everton fan holds up a banner calling on Martinez to leave – Reuters
It means Martinez has dodged potential public humiliation, with Everton’s end of season awards due to take place in Liverpool city centre on Thursday night.
Everton are 12th in the Premier League table but could finish as low as 16th if results do not go their way on the final day of the season.
Martinez has also led his side to two cup semi-final defeats this season.

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