• Everton won one Premier League match in 10 as season unravelled
  • Defeat at Sunderland on Wednesday ramped up pressure on Martinez
  • Spanish boss blamed FA Cup semi-final disappointment for wretched run
  • He has been axed before final game of the season against Norwich 
Martinez, who had overseen a run of just one win in the last 10 matches, was relieved of his duties to spare him the ordeal of taking charge of the final match of the campaign against Norwich.
The Catalan, who promised Champions League football when appointed in June 2013 after winning the FA Cup with Wigan, lost Everton’s supporters and the appetite for a change of manager among the fan base was overwhelming. He reached the point of no return.
Roberto Martinez, alone, downcast, arms tightly-crossed, his default position as Everton's season unravelled
Roberto Martinez, alone, downcast, arms tightly-crossed, his default position as Everton's season unravelled
Martinez spins on his heels in frustration during Everton's tame surrender at Sunderland on Wednesday night
Martinez spins on his heels in frustration during Everton's tame surrender at Sunderland on Wednesday night

MARTINEZ AT EVERTON 

Games 143, Wins 61, Draws 39, Losses 43
Goals scored 227, Goals against 180
Win % - 42.7 
Everton said in a statement on Thursday afternoon: 'Everton Football Club regrets to announce that Roberto Martinez has left his position as First Team Manager with immediate effect.
'The Chairman and the Board of Directors would like to place on record their thanks for the dedication and commitment Roberto has shown during his three seasons with the club. 
'Roberto has been a great ambassador for the club, conducting himself, at all times, with the utmost integrity and dignity. 
'He secured the club its highest ever Premier League points total, a place in the last 16 of the Europa League and appearances in both domestic cup semi-finals. He has also played a key role in the development of several young players, managing their progression to the Everton First Team and International honours.'
'Roberto has shown great commitment and dignity throughout his time at Everton and the Club feels it should reciprocate by rescheduling the event. The Club hopes that those due to attend would agree that the planned celebration would be inappropriate in the circumstances.
'We appreciate that many people will be disappointed but we hope there will also be an understanding of why this decision was taken.
'The Club will invite all who had planned to attend to an event before the start of next season at which players and Club officials will also be in attendance.
'The Club will contact all guests as soon as possible and will provide rearranged details as soon as they become known.'  
Ross Barkley cuts a dejected figure following Everton's FA Cup semi-final defeat by Manchester United
Ross Barkley cuts a dejected figure following Everton's FA Cup semi-final defeat by Manchester United
Frank de Boer is the early favourite to succeed him after leaving Ajax while his fellow Dutchman Ronald Koeman, in charge of Southampton, is also fancied.
David Unsworth, the Everton Under 21s manager, will take charge of the side against Norwich.
The weight of public feeling towards Martinez was something new major investor Farhad Moshiri could no longer ignore and the decision has been taken following Wednesday’s 3-0 capitulation at Sunderland.
Everton’s players were on a scheduled day off on Thursday but Martinez, who usually arrives in for work every day at 8am, did not come into Finch Farm, the club’s training base, as normal. Following the no-show, the players concluded they had lost their manager. 
Their end-of-season awards will be staged at St George’s Hall in Liverpool city centre on Thursday evening and fans were expected to congregate on St George’s Plateau to protest about Martinez's performance.
This is not a decision that Everton’s board will have wanted to take – they have only sacked one manager since the turn of the century – but results, particularly since the turn of the year, have been impossible to ignore. 
Following defeat at the hands of the Premier League's 17th-placed side Martinez remained defiant about his future - and claimed the FA Cup semi-final defeat by Manchester United had hit them hard. 
Evertonians at Wembley express their feelings about Martinez following the team's startling downturn in form
Evertonians at Wembley express their feelings about Martinez following the team's startling downturn in form

FULL EVERTON STATEMENT ON THE SACKING OF ROBERTO MARTINEZ 

Everton Football Club regrets to announce that Roberto Martinez has left his position as First Team Manager with immediate effect.
The Chairman and the Board of Directors would like to place on record their thanks for the dedication and commitment Roberto has shown during his three seasons with the Club. 
Roberto has been a great ambassador for the Club, conducting himself, at all times, with the utmost integrity and dignity. He secured the Club its highest ever Premier League points total, a place in the last 16 of the Europa League and appearances in both domestic cup semi-finals. He has also played a key role in the development of several young players, managing their progression to the Everton First Team and International honours.
Asked if he believed he retained his players' support, the former Wigan boss said: '100 per cent - I know the players gave everything they have.' 
'Since the FA Cup semi-final it has been difficult for us to get that belief and intensity in the league and Sunderland were the opposite - a fully focused team who created a good momentum because they were close to finishing the job.
'We were a little bit pedestrian but I thought the effort and intent was there in a very competitive game.
'It was a very tough result for us to take. We kept pushing and creating chances and in the latter stages of the game we hit the post and the bar and we didn't get anything.
'Overall we fought for every ball and we put in a lot of effort, but Sunderland scored the goals.'
The pressure on Martinez appeared to have been alleviated when Romelu Lukaku scored twice in a thrilling FA Cup quarter-final victory over Chelsea at Goodison in March.
Martinez poses in the dressing room after his unveiling as Everton manager back in 2013
Martinez poses in the dressing room after his unveiling as Everton manager back in 2013
Martinez shakes hands with Everton chairman Bill Kenwright after being appointed Everton manager
Martinez shakes hands with Everton chairman Bill Kenwright after being appointed Everton manager
James McCarthy sinks to his haunches after Everton's FA Cup dreams are wrecked by Anthony Martial
James McCarthy sinks to his haunches after Everton's FA Cup dreams are wrecked by Anthony Martial
Barkley and Romelu Lukaku have to kick-off - again - as Everton are put to the sword by Liverpool
Barkley and Romelu Lukaku have to kick-off - again - as Everton are put to the sword by Liverpool

NEXT EVERTON BOSS - ODDS 

1/2 Frank de Boer, 6/1 Mark Hughes,8/1 Manuel Pellegrini, Ronald Koeman 12/1David Moyes 
Full list at oddschecker.com 
But the Toffees' already patchy Premier League form collapsed entirely following that win against Guus Hiddink's men.
Martinez has presided over a miserable run of one win in 10 league outings, while Everton's cup ambitions were derailed by Anthony Martial's last-gasp winning goal at Wembley.
Supporter dissent grew after the Blues' supine display last month in losing 4-0 to Merseyside rivals Liverpool - the second time in Martinez's three-year reign that Everton have been on the end of that particular scoreline at Anfield.
Even before that humiliation across Stanley Park fans had become disenchanted with the boss who led them to a fifth-placed finish in his first season in charge, following his appointment to succeed David Moyes in 2013. 
John Stones and Ramiro Funes Mori look deflated as Divock Origi celebrates his Merseyside derby goal
John Stones and Ramiro Funes Mori look deflated as Divock Origi celebrates his Merseyside derby goal
Evertonians' frustrations intensified as they watched Jurgen Klopp's arrival at Liverpool energise their rivals
Evertonians' frustrations intensified as they watched Jurgen Klopp's arrival at Liverpool energise their rivals
Martinez is very much a man alone at Anfield on the night when his Everton stewardship reached its nadir
Martinez is very much a man alone at Anfield on the night when his Everton stewardship reached its nadir

MANAGERS GONE THIS SEASON

Brendan Rodgers (Liverpool) Oct 4
Dick Advocaat (Sunderland) Oct 4
Tim Sherwood (Aston Villa) Oct 25
Garry Monk (Swansea) Dec 9 
Jose Mourinho (Chelsea) Dec 17
Steve McClaren (Newcastle) Mar 11
Remi Garde (Aston Villa) Mar 30
Roberto Martinez (Everton) May 12 
Manuel Pellegrini announced on Feb 1 he was leaving Man City at the end of the season.
Everton slipped to 11th in Martinez's second term.  This campaign has been blighted by a succession of defensive calamities, which have seen the Merseysiders surrender a succession of winning positions.
Bournemouth, Norwich, Stoke, Chelsea and West Ham are among the teams to have taken points from the Toffees, after falling behind to Martinez's team.  
But a team widely billed as Goodison Park's finest since the club's heady mid-1980s trophy-winning days has lost its spark entirely in recent weeks. 
They were convincingly beaten by new champions Leicester City four days before defeat at the Stadium of Light and Martinez gave little evidence that he is the man to arrest the slump.