Former Everton boss Roberto Martinez admits that he was disappointed to lose his job at Goodison Park following the club’s recent run of poor form.
The Spaniard was dismissed after the Toffees were defeated 3-0 by Sunderland on Wednesday, a result that extended their recent run of poor form to just one win in their last ten matches.
Martinez had been in charge at Goodison Park since June 2013 and he guided the club to the semi-finals of both domestic cup competitions this season, as well as helping them to achieve their record Premier League points tally of 72 during the 2013-14 campaign.
Despite his initial success on Merseyside, Martinez acknowledged that results had not been good enough of late, but he admitted that he was still disappointed to lose his job, as he believes he could have enjoyed a successful season with the club next year.
Martinez said in a statement released via the League Managers Association: “It has been an honour to be the manager of Everton Football Club for the past three seasons.
“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.”
The 42-year-old was also quick to thank the club’s fans for their support during his tenure, even though many were pleased to see him relieved of his duties following a mediocre campaign.
The statement continued: “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.”
Everton will be hoping to enjoy a much more productive league campaign next season, as the current campaign has seen them finish in the bottom half of the Premier League standings for the second consecutive year.