By Alex Taylor
Everton have paid Roberto Martinez £10million in compensation after his dismissal in May, and Twitter has reacted with astonishment at the news.
The former Toffees boss was sacked by Everton in May with three years remaining on his deal at the club.
Martinez was due to receive £12million but, according to the Daily Mail, settled for a one-off severance payment of £10million.
The Belgium boss signed a new five-year deal on Merseyside after a strong first season in charge at Goodison Park under chairman Bill Kenwright.
Most Twitter users scoffed at the eye-watering pay-off fee while others joked they would be in contact with Martinez’s lawyer.
Martinez making my head fall off 4 months after he left. Sound
— Benshiro ] (@IamBenShamrock) September 9, 2016
Anyone got Martinez lawyers phone number?
— edgeloading (@edgeloading) September 9, 2016
£10m to ditch Martinez is nothing when set against the cost of relegation (which would have happened at some point under him)
— Jim Keoghan (@jimmykeo) September 9, 2016
It's not Martinez anyone should be having a go at its Kenwright for dishing such a lucrative deal out coz of a 5th place finish #EFC
— Katie Carter (@1878carter) September 9, 2016
People still backed Martinez until he was finally sacked. Those clowns should be made to pay the compensation. #EFC
— David Downie (@daviddownie17) September 9, 2016
@TheSunFootball Not bad for failing. Then get the Belgium job. Football a law unto itself !!!!!
— Steve Thompson (@TommoTweets) September 9, 2016
— Nick (@bluefgs85) September 9, 2016
The Merseyside outfit stuck with Martinez despite a poor second season in charge, in which he guided the Blues to an 11th place finish in the Premier League.
The Spaniard was unable to rectify the team’s struggling form in his third season at Goodison Park and was sacked in May this year, with one game to play in his side’s domestic campaign.
Martinez rose to managerial fame with Wigan in the 2012/13 season after his side beat Manchester City in the final of the FA Cup through a late Ben Watson header.
Everton have since appointed former Southampton manager Ronald Koeman as Martinez’ replacement.
It’s been all change at Everton since, with Farhad Moshiri and new head of recruitment Steve Walsh arriving at the club in an overhaul designed to bring about a change of fortune for the Toffees.
The Blues go into the weekend’s Premier League action in fourth sport, having picked up seven points from their opening three games.
In other Everton team news, Koeman has revealed that he spoke with Tottenham’s new £30million man 10 days before deadline day.