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Everton sacks Martinez

Roberto Martinez has been fired by Everton with immediate effect, according to Sky Sport

This has come after last night’s 3-0 loss to Sunderland, giving the Toffees only four points in the Premier League since March 5 and stretched their dismal run of form to just one win in 10 matches in all competitions.

The Spaniard had been long tipped for the sack despite having three years remaining on his contract, as the Blue half of Merseyside find themselves in the bottom half of the table for a second consecutive season

A “Martinez out” banner was visible at the Stadium of Light, even prior to kick-off, and has been seen in recent weeks at home matches as their wretched league form completely obliterates their semifinal run to the FA and League Cup Cups.

The former Swansea manager had vowed to bring the “winning feeling back” to Everton following their defeat to Sunderland – their fourth loss in their last five matches – but he will not have the chance to do so against Norwich City on Sunday.

Martinez, 42, was appointed as David Moyes’ successor in June 2013 and guided Everton to their best Premier League points tally – 72 – and a fifth-place finish in his first season in charge where they narrowly missed out on the Champions League places to Arsenal.

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