Martinez disappointed to leave Everton

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Roberto Martinez issued a statement through the League Manager's Association earlier today expressing his regret that he wouldn't be able to finish what he started with Everton.

The 42-year-old was dismissed as manager on Thursday after recording just one in 10 games, a sequence that included some humiliating results at Liverpool, Leicester and Sunderland as well as defeat in the FA Cup semi-final, bringing to an end his tenure at Goodison Park after almost three years.

Martinez expressed his disappointment at the board's decision, explaining that he felt confident he could have turned the club's fortunes around with significant investment in the playing staff this summer.

"It has been an honour to be the manager of Everton Football Club for the past three seasons," Martinez said.

"I am clearly disappointed that we won't be able to finish what we started and I feel that the forthcoming transfer window would have been significantly important for many reasons. "I will treasure this period as Everton manager forever - the memories of reaching a club record 72 points tally in the Premier League, reaching the final 16 of the Europa League and the excitement of reaching the semi-finals of both domestic cups this season.

"I appreciate that over the last eight weeks our league results haven't been up to the levels that we would expect.

"However, over the past three years the support the fans have given to me and the team has been inspiring.

"I express my gratitude to chairman Bill Kenwright, who understood and supported my vision and who gave me the privilege of becoming an Evertonian," Martinez continued.

"My sincere thanks also go to my players who have been an inspiration to work with, my assistant Graeme Jones, the Everton Board and all of the staff who work for this magnificent club, especially those at Everton's Finch Farm training ground for their tireless help and support on a daily basis.

"I know that the team and the fans will react well against Norwich today and I wish everyone the best of luck for three points which would match last season's league points tally.

"Finally I would like to congratulate Tim Howard on his outstanding contribution and career at the club. Tim has been an incredible ambassador for Everton and I wish him well for his future in the MLS."  

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Joe Clitherow
1 Posted 15/05/2016 at 20:48:58
Thankfully he didn't get to finish what he started the way he can!!
Dave Clark
2 Posted 15/05/2016 at 20:49:48
Yes I'm sure you are disappointed to leave, Roberto! You'll never be hired by a top club again & I'm truly mystified why we ever hired you.

I can't even join everyone else wishing you well, you've given me years of pain, earned a fortune on our backs and we are supposed to feel sorry for you?

I feel sorry for the fans who've had to put up with your dross for the last two years. Get out, stay out and don't come back!

Sean Kelly
3 Posted 15/05/2016 at 20:53:13
Thank fuck you're gone. You would have finished here as you did in Wigan. RELEGATED!
Teddy Bertin
4 Posted 15/05/2016 at 20:54:28
Never mind Robbie. Didn't work out in the Premier League for you again but I'm sure you'll go on to have some success in another league.

Good luck, thanks for all your hard work and thanks for your first season in charge. I for one really enjoyed it. Once you'd knocked all the defensive instincts out of our lads it wasn't so enjoyable but hey ho.

Let's both move on to better things

Brian Williams
5 Posted 15/05/2016 at 20:56:04
Mentions that the results over the last eight weeks weren't up to was a LOT longer than that they weren't acceptable.
Anthony Burke
6 Posted 15/05/2016 at 20:56:39
Good luck Roberto in your future career.
Jim Burns
7 Posted 15/05/2016 at 21:02:49
Despite the frustrations and bitterness of his last few months - I think that's a nice statement and typical of him - a nice man but sadly lacking as a manager. Good luck Bobby - try and learn.
Mark Frere
8 Posted 15/05/2016 at 21:03:37
"I appreciate that over the last eight weeks our league results haven't been up to the levels that we would expect."

No Roberto, for 2 years our league results (and performances) haven't been up to the levels we would expect!

Colin Glassar
9 Posted 15/05/2016 at 21:04:51
Great first season, disappointing second, terrible third. Learn from your mistakes Roberto and you might have a chance to resurrect your career. If not, you won't go far.
Ian Riley
10 Posted 15/05/2016 at 21:05:13
We had to stop bleeding! Sadly the cause lies at the manager's door!
Nick Entwistle
11 Posted 15/05/2016 at 21:21:15
"...and I feel that the forthcoming transfer window would have been significantly important for many reasons."

Oh go and do one.

Jim Bennings
12 Posted 15/05/2016 at 21:23:57
Best of luck Martinez.

Honourable intentions but sadly just wasn't up to it.

Bobby Thomas
13 Posted 15/05/2016 at 21:25:10
Fair play, a nice statement.

Frank Sheppard
14 Posted 15/05/2016 at 21:26:45
Nice guy, but simply not up to it, doesn't seem to get it , that he has been very poor for two seasons. At least he didn't mention "intensity ". Good luck to him.
Peter Mills
15 Posted 15/05/2016 at 21:30:01
Some nice words, and some very silly ones. Sums the man up, and I doubt he'll ever change.
Graham Mockford
16 Posted 15/05/2016 at 21:31:09
In the end we finished 5th, 11th and 11th.

It doesn't sound that bad when you write it down but it was obvious to all that the cause was lost.

The new manager has a lot to deal with, probably the biggest turnover in players we will have seen.

But I was mightily impressed with the youngsters today, especially Kenny, a proper full back. What the fuck was Martinez thinking playing Oviedo and Besic when that lad could have been called back.

Colin Hughes
17 Posted 15/05/2016 at 21:33:56
If he had got us that 72 points total this season we would have finished runners up and a place in the group stages of the champions league would have been assured.
Shame Roberto you peaked too soon.
Oliver Molloy
18 Posted 15/05/2016 at 21:43:42
One thing I do hope that our next manager will have in common with Martinez is the positivity that Everton can have a go at the big boys and win !

As someone else said , the man had honourable intentions but just could not figure it out.
I hope he learns from his experience with us that you can fool some people some of the time , but ultimately you you will found out in the end.

Good managers learn from their mistakes Roberto , good luck for the future -it's obvious Everton touched you.

Brendan Fox
19 Posted 15/05/2016 at 21:44:22
A nice statement but he's wrong if he thinks the decision to bin him was based on the last 8 weeks more like the poor downwards trajectory after the first season.

The inane frankly derisory post match interviews spouting nonsense, playing players out of position rather than trusting the what looks like very good youth players in the ranks in their preferred playing positions.

He's off his trolley if he thinks anyone with any business acumen would have trusted him to spend a large amount of money.

Some may think he is a nice man but there's a likely good chance a few of the players and other back room staff who departed the club will likely provide a different story.

I'd like to say good luck but I'd be being disingenuous as the man has set the club back a few years and we've lost some good people in the background so you reap what you sow.

Ian Burns
20 Posted 15/05/2016 at 21:57:37
Nice statement and his comments about EFC most welcome. I'm sure he "gets" the club. However, there is something which remains delusional if he can't admit his errors over the past two seasons and particularly this one, putting it down to 8 games.

We move on, we have a club to rebuild.

Stephen Brown
21 Posted 15/05/2016 at 22:02:52
All the best Roberto. Good statement which seems genuine!
Eric Holland
22 Posted 15/05/2016 at 22:10:55
The first season was a revelation after the dour Davy days.
Watching pre season when we looked like Barca, Taking the Arsenal on at there own game and outplaying them,winning at OT, and the better team in both derby's.
also some good away days in the Europa league.
But it was not to last and in the end We became so predictable at the back that we even had Stoke fans singing "you are shit"

Hears hoping for a new man to take us where we all want to be, challenging for the premier league, and more away days please.

We are Everton and one day we will be the best again.

I hope!!!!

Gary Edwards
23 Posted 15/05/2016 at 22:12:43
The statement is a placeholder made through his 'union', he's gearing up for a claim. He must be hurting, ego just taken a good kicking and a Scottish missus in his ear ("take them for everything Bobby") .. only natural you'd file a claim, probably damages too
Tony Abrahams
24 Posted 15/05/2016 at 22:15:50
Hopefully, we will all be sitting here in 12 months time, saying, that Martinez, laid some great foundations for our success!
Dave Ganley
25 Posted 15/05/2016 at 22:26:18
Couldn't finish what he started?? Actually achieving relegation I suppose he means....ffs good riddance
Garry Corgan
26 Posted 15/05/2016 at 22:27:33
Mr. Martinez, I hope for your sake you don't believe in some of the pish you come out with. If you truly believe results have been acceptable until eight weeks ago, you understand nothing of Everton's expectations and capabilities. Don't make that mistake at your next club.

You say that this summer would have been significant but no-one in their right mind would trust a manager with a huge transfer kitty when he isn't even close to getting the best out of what he's got.

I notice you thanked Bill in your statement but made no mention of your most recent paymaster. I therefore assume it was he who decided to call you into his office.

John Belshaw
27 Posted 15/05/2016 at 22:28:29
Martinez: "I appreciate that over the last eight weeks our (Everton's) league results haven't been up to the levels that we would expect".

He's trying to put his own spin on events again. Never mind 8 weeks, doesn't he mean league results haven't been good (enough) for at least the last 18 months?

He then goes on to say: "I am clearly disappointed we won't be able to finish what we started". Er, he probably means relegation!

Finally, his usual plea for more time arguing vehemently that he could, "...have turned the club's fortunes around this summer with more investment!"

Given Martinez's signings would you trust him in the transfer market? His signings have been mediocre at best - take Niasse, Mori, Kone, Alcaraz, McGeady, Besic, McCarthy, Cleverley and Robles as prime examples.

Adios amigos!

Steve Davies
28 Posted 15/05/2016 at 22:42:46
Strange one this. I met a lad when I went to Rotterdam in 1985. I am sure his name was John Kenny. Jon Joe kenny today from kirkdale played a fantastic game. I lived in Rosalind sreet kirkdale, We might be related. My nan was kitty kenny. I know this should go to friends reunite etc.

By the way the best player on the pitch today was Tom Davies, who shares the name with my middle son.

Loved it today. Quality.


Antony Matthews
29 Posted 15/05/2016 at 22:46:12
One thing to say to you Roberto. NIASSE!
David Israel
30 Posted 15/05/2016 at 22:53:54
Tony #24, I'm afraid it's more likely that, in 12months' time, or maybe sooner, we'll be here wondering: "Whatever went wrong for Roberto Martinez at Charlton Athletic?"
Tony Abrahams
31 Posted 15/05/2016 at 22:57:24
David, if you can't see where he went wrong mate!
Len Hawkins
32 Posted 15/05/2016 at 23:02:59
If anyone is going to sue for damages (Gary #23) it should be Everton suing him for the untold damage he has done to some decent players the club and it's supporters.
Mike Hughes
33 Posted 15/05/2016 at 23:04:32
Please can we all stop using the word 'nice' in relation to OFM?
I suspect 'nice' simply covered-up a lot of ugly cracks in RM's 'management portfolio'.
Or, as Elvis Costello once put it: they call her Natasha but she looks like Elsie ......
Stephen Parris
34 Posted 15/05/2016 at 23:08:04
I think Roberto will have been truly devastated to have lost his job, as he really did fall in love with the club and was desperate to succeed and bring the glory days back. I think he genuinely believed that it would all come good, but unfortunately for him he was a lone figure in that belief. His own delusion prevented him from seeing what everyone else could and it's a shame he failed to deliver the promise his first season showed. It's clear the team that year still had the Moyes defensive structure built in but with an added flair going forward. That unraveled quite quickly and soon became a slippery slope to the bottom. Too many mistakes along the way from Roberto, and although we perhaps didn't have the players to fulfil his style, it was a little naive to try and implement it so fully until he got them. That said, he should have identified this and made the changes required. His apparent disregard for all things defensive was foolish to say the least, unforgivable perhaps and he can only have himself to blame for that. Whether he recognises his own flaws going forward remains to be seen. A lovely man, but a manager that has a lot to learn if he is to come back and be a success I would imagine. All the best Roberto, it's a real shame, but it just wasn't to be!
Phil Walling
35 Posted 15/05/2016 at 23:11:20
My final word on the subject is that I don't blame Martinez, it's the man as picked him !
Bob Hannigan
37 Posted 15/05/2016 at 00:05:44
10 points from Relegation, not too good a finish. Would have been closer if not for today's 3 pts
Peter McHugh
40 Posted 16/05/2016 at 01:55:50
To be fair to him the players did give up since Chelsea cup game and have been disgraceful whilst he has conducted himself well. Good luck to him.
Mick Davies
41 Posted 16/05/2016 at 03:51:50
Eric @ 22 "and the better team in both derby's."
Erm, which derby's were these then? I seem to recall a 4-0 defeat at Anfield, with Alcaraz and a bunch of unfit defenders being punished by the 'Sabre toothed slimeball'
Saegaran Kana
42 Posted 16/05/2016 at 04:16:20
Martinez just took a top 7 club to 2 consecutive 11th placing within 2 years. He has had more money than Moyes ever had in a season and didn't have to wheel and deal as before. What makes him think he'll do better with more money? He practically dismantled any defensive tactics the players had with the play from the back nonsense where most of the time the ball went sideways inviting opposition to attack us.

And I'm giving Niasse the benefit of doubt with this being his 1st EPL which is much harder league than the Russians.
Ernie Baywood
44 Posted 16/05/2016 at 05:52:27
To be honest, finishing 11th wouldn't necessarily have got him the sack if there were any signs that he could get it right. I'm happy to stand by someone while they transform the squad.

What we had, regardless of league position, was a team in freefall. No idea, lacking commitment, lacking the ability to compete. If there's one thing that Evertonians won't accept it's lack of effort - the Straq and Nyarko would testify to how important that attribute is.

I don't see any rewriting of history in Bobby's statement. He did achieve those things but couldn't stop the slide.

Shame, but we move on. Still think he's laid some good foundations for us, he just wasn't the guy to carry on the building work.

James Byrne
45 Posted 16/05/2016 at 06:12:39
Nothing against the guy but he's deluded as ever. His "vision" was nothing but a shortcut to relegation.

Goodbye Roberto; I bought my season tickets again the day you were sacked. Keep taking the of luck!

Nigel Munford
47 Posted 16/05/2016 at 07:20:36
Gary, I can't see what sort of claim he has, the facts speak for themselves, he was not producing what he was contracted for, his contract was terminated, happens in all walks of life.
Ernie Baywood
48 Posted 16/05/2016 at 07:22:24
Except if I fail at my job I'll be out on my arse with a few months severance (and I'm lucky in that regard). Roberto will do pretty well financially out of sitting at home watching daytime tv.
Ernie Baywood
49 Posted 16/05/2016 at 07:27:38
James, I don't think that's got anything to do with his vision. His vision was to put us amongst the top clubs - he just couldn't do it. In fact he couldn't put us in the top half.

There are plenty of managers out there who will satisfy our supporters need to lack vision. David Moyes, for example, spent more time on altering people's perception of reality than he ever did trying to make something of us. If he convinced us that we we were lucky to finish 8th, then he would consider that he'd done his job.

I'll take another Bobby before I accept another Moyes. Moyes was a coward.

Les Martin
50 Posted 16/05/2016 at 08:11:47
To finish what he started would have got us in the Championship! Still deluded in his vision of what really happened and the way our club was going.

I wish him luck – great tidings but not at Everton.

James Byrne
51 Posted 16/05/2016 at 08:15:48
Ernie #49.

Another season of this dreadful manager would have seen us relegated.

Why has David Moyse been mentioned in your comment? David Moyse is history and thankfully so is Martinez.

Martin Swindley
52 Posted 16/05/2016 at 08:16:44
For the first time this season the players were allowed to drive to the ground in their own cars from home. Martinez used to make them stay over at Finch Farm the night before to ensure at least 8 hours sleep. I'm sure if he takes this ruling to his next club he will be met with the same player divide.
Roger Sunde
54 Posted 16/05/2016 at 08:45:21
The first season was probably the most fun I had in atleast a decade as a Evertonian, for the first time we went to Old Trafford and I genuinely felt we should win and we did.

Alot of fantastic moments, too bad it all went down the drain.

John Keating
55 Posted 16/05/2016 at 08:54:29
Delusional.....even after the end !
Eddie Dunn
56 Posted 16/05/2016 at 08:55:41
I'm sure he meant well, but this flowery spin aimed at future employers 5th, 11th, and 11th, with a good Europa run and a couple of semis doesn't sound too bad if you are a newly promoted/struggling lower prem team looking for a new manager.
The poor results were generously sprinkled over two years and the tactical howlers were there for all to see at different stages. Sorry Robbie your philosophy is doomed to failure, but you might learn from this and become a little less rigid in outlook.
It will be interesting seeing how your next job goes.
Andrew Heffernan
58 Posted 16/05/2016 at 09:18:21
what a chairman
Rick Tarleton
59 Posted 16/05/2016 at 09:19:03
Thank the Lord , he's gone. I don't think he had a clue what effect his "positive" spin was having on us supporters or what we were moaning about as regards his team selection and substitutions.
I wish him well, hope he's offered the top job at Anfield, Old Trafford or anywhere else where his vision can be fulfilled.
Anthony Hawkins
60 Posted 16/05/2016 at 09:19:33
The only reason the team were underperforming was because the manager didn't have enough cash to spend? I really doubt that.
Any manager would be excited by the prospect of being able to spend lots of cash. Who wouldn't be?

If he couldnt make a sufficient difference with the players he had, he wouldn't make enough of a difference with higher quality players.

Look at what Rhino did in one game! Yes, it was Norwich, a team already relegated and in poor form BUT... Martinez would never have played those youngsters and would never have come away with 3 goals. Especially one from Mirallas!!

Anto Byrne
61 Posted 16/05/2016 at 09:21:28
Everton was a thoroughbred race horse being asked to do dressage, all very nice to look at but nothing beats a horse in full flight. Occasionally the horse would just bolt and have its head but then the trainer would put a stop to it. After a while, the horse lost interest and knew if he bolted he would be admonished. He put away his chemistry set and watched as other nags won races and achieved their goals.

Then out of the blue (pun intended) a saviour came and rescued our thoroughbred, but it took a while before his patience ran out with the trainer. The trainer was shown the door and a taxi was called to take him away, not sure where he went but it has been suggested he went to the asylum.

The horse was given a good rub down and the whisperers told him that the not so nice trainer was gone and we are now off to the races and as far as dressage goes well its a nice skill to have when you want to show off a bit.

The horse seemed rejuvenated and with a couple of likely lads jockeying for positions he lifted up his head with a snort and a laugh and... well as they say it's all to play for.

Mark Daley
62 Posted 16/05/2016 at 09:27:32
He certainly can talk the talk.
David Hallwood
63 Posted 16/05/2016 at 09:30:25
Sorry gents an awful statement: results not good for 8 weeks!! Try 2 seasons Bobby. Don't forget last season that we were flirting with relegation before we went on a decentish Lennon inspired run, this season with Lukakuu's goals we would've been in the brown stuff-maybe that's why he wore brown shoes.

2 consecutive 50+ goals against, didn't or should that be doesn't know how to defend: no goals from set pieces lots of goals conceded from set pieces. Players blowing for tugs after 60 mins I could go on and on.

But also not a word of apology in the manner of "sorry Bill I promised champions league, but you shouldn't be listening to a smooth talking bastard at your age should you" instead what we got was a rigid system that reflected him; inflexible and got found out very early. Start what he began? Shouldn't have been given this season to tinker with.

Ernie Baywood
65 Posted 16/05/2016 at 09:45:55
James, because you seem to struggling with the concept of having a vision. You think it would have got us relegated, I say that makes zero sense. It wasn't his vision that was the problem, it was his (in)ability to manage a team day to day.

My concern is that these boards will soon be flooded with naysayers as soon as the next guy says he has a long term plan.

Ernie Baywood
66 Posted 16/05/2016 at 09:51:40
Sorry David, is that actually what you think should have been in his statement? "I don't know how to coach defenders, we conceded too many goals, results were shite for two years, the players were unfit".

I thought his statement was ok. It was from his perspective and he praised the club and thanked us for our support. What else would any sane person reasonably expect of the guy they frequently refer to as insane?

Nathan Rooney
67 Posted 16/05/2016 at 09:53:58
Adeu Bobby, tot el major for the future.

I hope that you have booked that appointment for the CAT scan as soon as possible, as your statement seems to have some inconsistencies with reality! Some nice comments, but an element of “I'm right, you're all wrong, you should have stuck with me, you scouse punxades!”

"I am clearly disappointed that we won't be able to finish what we started and I feel that the forthcoming transfer window would have been significantly important for many reasons. "

Finish what? The process of the complete wiganisation of Everton FC? No thanks mucka, looks like your previous club are only just sorting out the mess you left behind.

Yes, I agree that the upcoming transfer window is significantly important, and if you were still employed, a large number of our squad would likely bang in transfer requests in and wish to move on – they may still do, but at least we now have the hope that they will at least see who the next incumbent manager is and maybe give him a chance.

Also with regards to any possible warchest that you could have spent….Jesucrist! I shudder to think who we would end up with, as for all your transfer hits (Rom/Macca/Barry), there have been some complete shockers…. Alcaraz/Kneearse/Kone, and my personal favourite is the phenomenal Aiden Mc-greedy.

"I will treasure this period as Everton manager forever - the memories of reaching a club record 72 points tally in the Premier League, reaching the final 16 of the Europa League and the excitement of reaching the semi-finals of both domestic cups this season."

I salute the fact that, early doors, you actually tried to have a go against the big teams, and we had some success but if you think the above is an acceptable level of achievement for any Everton manager, you don't understand the club and fans as much as you think you do.

"I appreciate that over the last eight weeks our league results haven't been up to the levels that we would expect."

Others have said it more eloquently than me previously; another suggestion for you, get a better calendar mate, as the poor performances have been going on much longer than that.

"However, over the past three years the support the fans have given to me and the team has been inspiring."

Cannot argue with that, although if only you would have listened to us sooner instead of the inner voices and stuck to your vision, it all could have been so much different. After the first season, we were all willing to give you a chance, even if some never wanted you near the club. We got behind you and the team, but your continued baffling team selections, tactics (lack of them) and substitutions caused the death of our faith in you by a thousand painful cuts.

"I express my gratitude to chairman Bill Kenwright, who understood and supported my vision and who gave me the privilege of becoming an Evertonian," Martinez continued.

That just means you and Chairman Bill are a pair of egotistical, deranged loon balls. I'm not surprised you are thanking him after the way you made hay salary wise – not your fault Bobby, another one of our chairman's wonderful business decisions.

"I know that the team and the fans will react well against Norwich today and I wish everyone the best of luck for three points which would match last season's league points tally."

Sorry, how did you know the team would react well versus Norwich?? Could it be the fact that you were absent from the dugout/club, as we have seen precious little positive reaction in the turgid months whilst you have been in charge?! The fans were up simply as you were out of the door. Why the need to mention last seasons points tally….more sour grapes perhaps?

Ah well, onward and upward for us, and hopefully you Bobby. Once the dust has settled, please learn the lessons from your time with us, and you may get another chance to manage a club as big as Everton.
Judging from this statement and what I have witnessed throughout your time with us, I doubt that self-reflection, self-analysis and self-criticism are elements of management that you are familiar with, so I fear the lower leagues beckon, but bona sort all the same.

Eugene Ruane
68 Posted 16/05/2016 at 09:56:39
"I am clearly disappointed that we won't be able to finish what we started and I feel that the forthcoming transfer window would have been significantly important for many reasons."

It's hard for any of us to change who we (essentially) are, but Link

Peter Gorman
69 Posted 16/05/2016 at 10:14:25
Bullshit statement from a bullshit artist. Sure, go and enjoy the platitudes and ignore the massive excuses being made.

All been said already but this, why is getting 3 points against Norwich to match last season's points tally anything to boast about? Both positions and points totals are absolutely appalling so don't spin it thanks.

James Byrne
70 Posted 16/05/2016 at 10:16:00
Ernie #65.............I'm not struggling with anything.

The man's vision was to apply a tippy tappy, possessed to death style of football. It was a total failure yet the arrogant prick refused to change it right up to the Sunderland game.

He would never have lasted for obvious reasons but he was sending us down for sure. His so called "vision" was a relegation plan; the same vision that got Wigan relegated!

Karl Parsons
71 Posted 16/05/2016 at 10:32:36
If Roberto was as truthful with his game assessments as he was with his leaving one maybe he would have been granted more fan support. But he painted over the cracks with ill conceived spin. We simply could not take any more of it.

All we wanted was him to start throwing a wobblie with the players and kicking arses but his no conflict approach acted as him condoning poor performances and as such the players lost respect of his management.

And after only one days defencing training at Finch Farm last Friday, guess what, we keep a clean sheet!

David Connor
72 Posted 16/05/2016 at 10:42:22
One of the worst seasons in recent memory. It has been painful being an Everton fan for most of your 3 seasons in charge.

I'm not sorry to see the back off you as you were taking our club into the Championship for certain. Still, the compensation payment you will receive should soften the blow.

You really are a legend in your own mind. Never darken our doorstep again. Pity the next team that employs you if there is one stupid enough, you are truly shite.

Max Murphy
73 Posted 16/05/2016 at 11:10:58
Awful manager. Glad to see the back of him. 18 months too late. There were trophies to be won - we should have won the Europa cup and even the FA cup this year. Any club that hires him in any capacity would be mad.
Max Murphy
74 Posted 16/05/2016 at 11:25:29
Another thing, he's not only damaged our club, but individual players' International futures have been trashed.
Karl Masters
75 Posted 16/05/2016 at 11:27:23
Thanks for the sentiment Roberto.

In my mind though it's not just the results, it's the mind numbing football itself that was the issue

Infuriating to watch as we aimlessly passed it around on the edge of our area with the other team pressing is like circling sharks.

Taking so many passes around the box and never actually getting a shot on goal to test the goalkeeper.

Poor defending at set pieces, followed by powder puff set pieces when attacking.

Players looking exhausted at 70 minutes. Bizarre substitutions. Failing to admit he got it wrong.

And that's not just been going on in the last 2 months. It's been going on for the last two years!

Adios amigo.

Ian Hollingworth
76 Posted 16/05/2016 at 12:25:46
So glad this man is out of our club.
Next the man who hired him.
Hope the board show ambition with the next appointment.
Tony J Williams
77 Posted 16/05/2016 at 13:01:08
Won't look too much into the result yesterday, as we were playing a relegated side with absolutely nothing for wither team to play for.

Won't look too much into the statement either, as it's not going to be too controversial.

He wasn't good enough, simply because he was too arrogant to change his way of playing. It was his way or the highway.

It's also amazing how long the injuries to certain players went on. So many long, long periods out and mostly the same ones - hammys, because the players simply weren't fit.

Michael Tracey
78 Posted 16/05/2016 at 13:22:12
Thats nice Roberto. Take your payout and let's try and forget your time here.
Oscar Huglin
79 Posted 16/05/2016 at 14:14:55
Interestingly, here's a ToffeeWeb poll about finishing 11th in the 05/06 season ...

Apparently, we've not progressed in a decade.

William Cartwright
81 Posted 16/05/2016 at 18:32:00
No more Mr. Nice Guy. I appreciate the need for social politeness and for public relations management but let's get real. The sheer ducking and diving and (I suspect) shifting the blame onto anyone except where it really rests was disgraceful. And let's not forget this went on for a long period of time.

Also during the process he undermined the careers and the work enjoyment and feel good factors of the players and brought emotional stress and frankly misery to thousands. Why? Because he was so arrogant, pig headed and insincere that right up to the end and probably beyond he cannot comprehend his own phenomenal stupidity.

And what do we do. We pay him millions to go away, and bend over backwards trying to be nice? I'm sorry, but count me out of the Roberto Martinez post-gratis appreciation society. He should have been drummed out of town a year previously.

Nice to see his parting (snide) remarks were issued via the League Managers legal filtration system, just to ensure he does not weaken his close out deal.

Give me a real nasty guy like Mourihno any day of the week!

Denis Richardson
82 Posted 16/05/2016 at 19:43:46
Nice man or not, the guy is clearly deluded as he actually thinks he did a decent job and 'would have turned things round'. Never in a million years would he have turned it round.

I'm amazed how he cannot begin to see that results have not been anywhere acceptable for at least 18 months never mind 8 weeks and that his 'system' just does not work. Failed at Wigan and was on the way to relegating us!

Sorry but the guy is a tit and I'm glad he's finally gone. He can go and practice his 'philosophy' on some 2nd divison Spanish side. He'll never manage a club as big as Everton again.

Still, he's got about 10m in the bank so who's laughing last...

Gary Ashworth
83 Posted 17/05/2016 at 17:25:03
I've said it before and I'll say it again, Roberto Martinez is one of the nicest guys in football and I'm sure he will find success at another club. His first season was inspiring as he breathed new life into a club that had not known change for close to a decade. That was the season the fans actually felt we could do it, we could (what is now probably going to be known as) "do a Leicester".

Unfortunately, your success in your first season brought with it the problem with your second season - the Europa League. We struggled to cope juggling both competitions and our league position suffered. We had an amazing run in Europe and were unlucky to come unstuck against Dynamo Kiev.

I genuinely felt the first part of your third season was blighted with poor, poor decisions from referees and linesmen, at crucial stages of games. Terry's last minute equaliser from an offside position, Stoke's last minute penalty that wasn't a penalty, Bournemouth's last second equaliser in a game where minutes were being plucked from thin air. We may have even made it to the League Cup final had the linesman spotted the ball was out of play before Sterling crossed it in for the goal. These are the games I can remember off the top of my head. We've had our fair share of bad luck in large parts of the season, which was beyond your control.

However, something happened to the squad before the Arsenal game at Goodison. This (for me) was the turning point, the team was there but their heads where elsewhere. It was from that point onwards things went from bad to worse and performances didn't improve and points were severely dropped. The FA Cup games was the source of our decent performances, most likely because the squad had something to play for. Outside of the FA Cup, our performances were quite simply odd.

The players weren't playing for themselves, their fans or their manager anymore. Lord knows what was going on in the dressing room. Your post-match comments didn't match the performances - positivity is great, but it needs to be coupled with realism. You were the man responsible for bringing players such as Lukaku, Duelofeu, Lennon, Barry, Funes Mori to the club and for that I say thank you... although, I cannot extend the same courtesy for players such as Alcaraz, Kone and more recently Niasse. I guess only you know what the masterplan was with these guys - I don't see it myself.

I loved your passion, your commitment and the desire to win silverware at Everton. However, your stubborn tactics and attractive, passing football was at time frustrating, even made some games boring and predictable. The amount of times we passed the ball to our goalkeeper was concerning. I still don't quite understand why Mirallas was warming the bench for most of the season.

In as much as you didn't finish what you set out to do at EFC, I genuinely don't believe you are a bad manager. I actually think you would do very well in any of the top leagues across Europe and possibly at international level. Whatever your next challenge, I wish you the very best and I hope you achieve your goals and ambitions. Thank you for the good memories and the faith and belief you had in Everton Football Club.

Ajay Gopal
84 Posted 17/05/2016 at 17:30:47
Amen, Gary (83), well said. Couldn't have put it any better.
Peter Gorman
85 Posted 17/05/2016 at 17:31:49
I've said it before and I'll say it again, Roberto Martinez was a petulant, stubborn bastard behind that nice man bullshit. And a crap manager, obvs.
Kieran Kinsella
86 Posted 17/05/2016 at 17:36:59
Lukaku in the Echo "I hope the lads have a good summer and next season is even better." Talking about "the lads" as opposed to "we" have a good summer.
Steve Hogan
87 Posted 17/05/2016 at 18:10:45
Gary Ashworth (83) 'I don't believe you are a bad manager'...Jesus wept, what sort of statement is that?

Also, believing he will succeed at many of the top leagues in Europe, on what basis do you make that assumption, I've clearly missed something during my time as a season ticket holder over the last two season's.

The absolute dross served up every week, bewildering team selection,equally baffling tactics (remember the choice of Besic at right back at Wembley), I'm still having nightmares about that, and I guess Besic is too.

But you concur 'he's not a bad manager'...nurse...nurse...

Lee Brownlie
88 Posted 17/05/2016 at 19:13:34
Let's be honest.. wasn't even 'spin' in the end, was it, from RM?

I too really WANTED to believe, but 'positivity' born of delusion (all those apparent pluses and highs, just the last 2 months admitted as being not good enough - still only as far back as he'll allow himself to see anything even slightly amiss, and only then AFTER being virtually hounded out!!) is NOT spin, is blinkered beyond blinkered, and as such could NEVER EVER fuel the drive needed for any sustained success, certainly in English football!

The only thing totally clear now is that there simply AREN'T ANY shadows or stormy days on Memory Lane for Bobby to fret about whenever he looks back! Just pure, dazzling, light!! Wow.. what a mindset.. maybe he ought to start a cult!!!

Keith Glazzard
89 Posted 18/05/2016 at 14:52:14
Too many mistakes, the same mistakes, repeated and never addressed.
And in the end, perhaps, just one. A penalty kick? Baines. 35,000+ Evertonians knew that on Sunday. Not Roberto, it seems. He always knew best.
So, some new guy now. Still a very good squad, after a few alterations, so here we go.
Terry McLavey
90 Posted 18/05/2016 at 17:00:20
"Over the past three years the support the fans have given me" ! Maybe in the first season, obviously doesn't read Toffee Web during the last one!

Deluded to the end ! You've moved on so we can.
Lee Brownlie
91 Posted 25/05/2016 at 17:02:38
Of course he's 'disappointed'! But not HALF as much as we all are!!!

Thinking, stating, that he could 'turn it around' because of the 'significant investment' - again - shows us how he never, ever, GOT why we lost games in the first place!!!.. as in, HIS [lack of] motivational skills!!!

Was he thinking how he could DE-motivate some OTHER - more expensive - players???

Our current players gave up in the end, let us all down - including the manager - but to refuse to see his culpability in that turn of events, even after being virtually hounded out, just shows us how we are best well shut.

Bye, bye, Mister Martinez, miss you already.. not.

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