Written By: Tanaka Rusike | Friday 13 May 2016 11:30 am BST
Roberto Martinez was sacked by Everton yesterday morning, the Spaniard had been in charge of The Toffees for nearly 3 years.
Everton have had an up but mostly down season, the style has been very entertaining to watch, however their big players have really struggled for consistency this season which has led to Martinez’s departure.
Everton are currently 12th place with 44 points after having played 37 games and this has prompted the board to cut ties with the former Wigan boss.
Is Roberto Martinez to blame? Yes.
The Everton midfield this season has been shocking. Game after game they get over ran. The likes of Darron Gibson, Tom Cleverly and Muhamed Bešić have not been good enough this season, and the ageing Gareth Barry and Leon Osman cannot cope with the physicality of the Premier League. Without this backbone its difficult for players like Ross Barkley or Kevin Mirallas to be creative and provide service for Romelu Lukaku who had been left isolated upfront time after time this season.
The 43 year old has a preferred way of playing and when the going gets tough he really doesn’t have an alternative, he had similar issues at Wigan but Everton are a bigger team and expectations are much higher. The tactics have just not been up to par this season, and unfortunately it has cost the Catalan his job.
Every manager should know his players strengths and weaknesses and should be able to pinpoint areas where the Squad has to be improved, and maybe Martinez’s loyalty to existing players cost him his job, because quite frankly, recruitment has been poor at Everton this season, whether or not it’s the managers fault this is another issue. Something that had to give and in this case it was Roberto.
The decision to sack Martinez was long overdue. The former Swansea manager had a good start to his tenure in The Toffee’s hot seat finishing 5th in his first season, but the last two years have been a regression from this. The timing is good because the new manager, whoever it may be, can come in and get the squad ready for next season and make the necessary recruitments for next season.
Everton fans clearly feel there was a need to change at the club and the higher ups agreed, Frank De Boer is currently odds on favourite to take the job on at Goodison.