Everton have today sacked manager Roberto Martinez at the end of what has been a thoroughly disappointing season for the Toffees.
The Spaniard, who had three years left on his contract before today’s departure, has been relieved of his duties before the club’s final game of the season at home to Norwich on Sunday, with David Unsworth and Joe Royle set to take control of that game.
Martinez was appointed as Everton manager in 2013 and enjoyed a fine first season, leading the club to a fifth-placed finish with a record Premier League points tally of 72.
But things have only worsened since the end of his first campaign, with the Toffees on course for their lowest league finish since 2004 and here are five facts that prove how bad a year it has been for the Merseyside club.
1. Home discomforts
Everton have picked up just 20 points from their 18 home games this season – their worst return in the club’s Premier League history, regardless of Sunday’s result against Norwich at Goodison Park. Their 20-point haul at home is also the joint-second worst return in Premier League this year, as only Aston Villa have picked up less (11).
2. Fortress? What fortress?
The Toffees have suffered eight home defeats this season, and another loss on Sunday would equal the club’s worst return in club history – nine home losses. The club lost only once at home in David Moyes’ final season in charge in 2012/13.
3. Missed opportunities
Everton have dropped a total of 37 points from winning positions over the past two seasons. They have dropped 18 this season, with only Tottenham (20) and Liverpool (19) dropping more. While they dropped 19 points from winning positions last season, which was the most in the Premier League.
4. Merseyside misery
Everton’s 4-0 loss to Liverpool on April 20 was the club’s joint-worst Merseyside derby defeat since November 1982. They also lost 4-0 to Liverpool in Martinez’s first season in charge so he failed to really deliver in the biggest game of all.
5. Leaky defence
Everton have conceded 55 Premier League goals this season – their most since letting in 57 in 2003/04. Their 3-0 defeat to Sunderland on Wednesday night saw the club concede three goals in back-to-back Premier League away games for the first time in seven years. They have now kept just one clean sheet in their last 12 games and the new manager will need to work on the defensive problems immediately.