By Matt Farr
Everton owner Farhad Moshiri sacked Roberto Martinez from his post later than he initially desired, according to a report.
Martinez was sacked as Everton manager in May 2016, but the Liverpool Echo claim that Moshiri had wanted to make the change a month earlier.
The 43-year-old was dismissed by the club just three months after Moshiri’s arrival, with the club languishing in 12th place in the Premier League.
The Spaniard had led the Merseyside club to the semi-finals of both the FA Cup and League Cup during the 2015-16 season, but their poor league form proved to be his downfall.
Moshiri was particularly keen to wield the axe following Everton’s dismal 3-0 defeat to Sunderland on May 11, the game which turned out to be Martinez’s last in charge.
The report details that Moshiri had initially wanted to make the change after the 1-1 draw with Southampton on April 16, with the toxic atmosphere at Goodison Park beginning to boil over.
The new Everton chief had also feared a supporter revolt, but chose to hand Martinez more time to turn things around in the Toffees’ dugout.
But in that time, Southampton’s Ronald Koeman had already emerged as an ideal candidate, and Moshiri’s patience continued to run dry.
Since being dismissed from his post as Everton manager, Martinez spent just three months in unemployment before being appointment as the head coach of the Belgian national team.
In other Everton news, Duncan Ferguson has revealed he wants to manage the club in the future.