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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1 Posted 15/05/2016 at 20:48:58
2 Posted 15/05/2016 at 20:49:48
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!
3 Posted 15/05/2016 at 20:53:13
4 Posted 15/05/2016 at 20:54:28
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
5 Posted 15/05/2016 at 20:56:04
6 Posted 15/05/2016 at 20:56:39
7 Posted 15/05/2016 at 21:02:49
8 Posted 15/05/2016 at 21:03:37
No Roberto, for 2 years our league results (and performances) haven't been up to the levels we would expect!
9 Posted 15/05/2016 at 21:04:51
10 Posted 15/05/2016 at 21:05:13
11 Posted 15/05/2016 at 21:21:15
Oh go and do one.
12 Posted 15/05/2016 at 21:23:57
Honourable intentions but sadly just wasn't up to it.
13 Posted 15/05/2016 at 21:25:10
14 Posted 15/05/2016 at 21:26:45
15 Posted 15/05/2016 at 21:30:01
16 Posted 15/05/2016 at 21:31:09
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.
17 Posted 15/05/2016 at 21:33:56
Shame Roberto you peaked too soon.
18 Posted 15/05/2016 at 21:43:42
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.
19 Posted 15/05/2016 at 21:44:22
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.
20 Posted 15/05/2016 at 21:57:37
We move on, we have a club to rebuild.
21 Posted 15/05/2016 at 22:02:52
22 Posted 15/05/2016 at 22:10:55
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.
23 Posted 15/05/2016 at 22:12:43
24 Posted 15/05/2016 at 22:15:50
25 Posted 15/05/2016 at 22:26:18
26 Posted 15/05/2016 at 22:27:33
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.
27 Posted 15/05/2016 at 22:28:29
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.
28 Posted 15/05/2016 at 22:42:46
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.
29 Posted 15/05/2016 at 22:46:12
30 Posted 15/05/2016 at 22:53:54
31 Posted 15/05/2016 at 22:57:24
32 Posted 15/05/2016 at 23:02:59
33 Posted 15/05/2016 at 23:04:32
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 ......
34 Posted 15/05/2016 at 23:08:04
35 Posted 15/05/2016 at 23:11:20
37 Posted 15/05/2016 at 00:05:44
40 Posted 16/05/2016 at 01:55:50
41 Posted 16/05/2016 at 03:51:50
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'
42 Posted 16/05/2016 at 04:16:20
And I'm giving Niasse the benefit of doubt with this being his 1st EPL which is much harder league than the Russians.
44 Posted 16/05/2016 at 05:52:27
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.
45 Posted 16/05/2016 at 06:12:39
Goodbye Roberto; I bought my season tickets again the day you were sacked. Keep taking the medication...........best of luck!
47 Posted 16/05/2016 at 07:20:36
48 Posted 16/05/2016 at 07:22:24
49 Posted 16/05/2016 at 07:27:38
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.
50 Posted 16/05/2016 at 08:11:47
I wish him luck great tidings but not at Everton.
51 Posted 16/05/2016 at 08:15:48
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.
52 Posted 16/05/2016 at 08:16:44
54 Posted 16/05/2016 at 08:45:21
Alot of fantastic moments, too bad it all went down the drain.
55 Posted 16/05/2016 at 08:54:29
56 Posted 16/05/2016 at 08:55:41
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.
58 Posted 16/05/2016 at 09:18:21
59 Posted 16/05/2016 at 09:19:03
I wish him well, hope he's offered the top job at Anfield, Old Trafford or anywhere else where his vision can be fulfilled.
60 Posted 16/05/2016 at 09:19:33
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!!
61 Posted 16/05/2016 at 09:21:28
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.
62 Posted 16/05/2016 at 09:27:32
63 Posted 16/05/2016 at 09:30:25
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.
65 Posted 16/05/2016 at 09:45:55
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.
66 Posted 16/05/2016 at 09:51:40
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?
67 Posted 16/05/2016 at 09:53:58
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!â€
"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 spentâ€¦.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 shockersâ€¦. 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 tallyâ€¦.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.
68 Posted 16/05/2016 at 09:56:39
It's hard for any of us to change who we (essentially) are, but Link
69 Posted 16/05/2016 at 10:14:25
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.
70 Posted 16/05/2016 at 10:16:00
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!
71 Posted 16/05/2016 at 10:32:36
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!
72 Posted 16/05/2016 at 10:42:22
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.
73 Posted 16/05/2016 at 11:10:58
74 Posted 16/05/2016 at 11:25:29
75 Posted 16/05/2016 at 11:27:23
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!
76 Posted 16/05/2016 at 12:25:46
Next the man who hired him.
Hope the board show ambition with the next appointment.
77 Posted 16/05/2016 at 13:01:08
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.
78 Posted 16/05/2016 at 13:22:12
79 Posted 16/05/2016 at 14:14:55
Apparently, we've not progressed in a decade.
81 Posted 16/05/2016 at 18:32:00
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!
82 Posted 16/05/2016 at 19:43:46
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...
83 Posted 17/05/2016 at 17:25:03
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.
84 Posted 17/05/2016 at 17:30:47
85 Posted 17/05/2016 at 17:31:49
86 Posted 17/05/2016 at 17:36:59
87 Posted 17/05/2016 at 18:10:45
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...
88 Posted 17/05/2016 at 19:13:34
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!!!
89 Posted 18/05/2016 at 14:52:14
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.
90 Posted 18/05/2016 at 17:00:20
Deluded to the end ! You've moved on so we can.
91 Posted 25/05/2016 at 17:02:38
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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