Roberto Martinez was sacked as Everton manager on Thursday afternoon after three years in charge following a thoroughly disappointing season for the Toffees.
The Merseyside outfit were beaten 3-0 away at Sunderland on Wednesday night, which followed fan protests and banners during the side’s final few fixtures – demanding the former Wigan Athlete boss should be sacked with immediate effect in a campaign where they have lost eight times at Goodison Park.
With three years remaining on his contract, Martinez has left the Toffees marooned in 12th – they have only picked up four points since March 5, are without a league win in 10 matches, and have lost 18 points from winning positions this term.
Meanwhile, a defeat in the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United dampened hopes that the team might end their trophy drought, which stretches back to 1995.
The early front-runner for the job is Frank de Boer, after the Dutchman announced on Thursday morning that he is leaving Ajax this summer.