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Everton: Dean Jones makes Roberto Martinez claim

Everton: Dean Jones makes Roberto Martinez claim -Everton News

The ‘brighter future’ Everton anticipated when they sacked Roberto Martinez has only gotten worse since his departure, leading to rumours of a return to the Toffees dugout for the Spaniard. 

The lowdown

Martinez took charge in June 2013 and led Everton to fifth place in his first season at the helm. Their tally of 72 points remains the highest they have achieved since they last won the league title in 1986/97.

But things went downhill after, with consecutive bottom half finishes resulting in Martinez’s dismissal at the end of the 2015/16 season.

Now, following the sacking of Rafael Benitez’s sacking last weekend, a return to Goodison Park has been mooted.

Everton have approached the Belgian FA over the 48-year-old, and while The Red Devils have effectively said no, he does have the option to resign (via The Athletic).

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Dean Jones, a transfer insider with Eurosport, feels that Everton’s problems have only intensified in the post-Martinez era.

“Maybe at the time of parting with Martinez as it seemed like a way to a brighter future,” he told The Transfer Tavern this week.

But in hindsight things have got even worse and more chaotic since he’s been gone.”

The verdict

Is Jones’ assessment fair? Well, Everton are currently in the process of lining up their sixth permanent appointment since his sacking, which was only six years ago, so it’s hard to dispute the use of the word ‘chaotic’.

What about their league placings?

Between 2016/17 and 2018/19, The Toffees enjoyed three straight top-eight finishes, so things did get better in the short-term.

But they dropped to 12th and 10th under Carlo Ancelotti, and now they’re only six points above the relegation zone in 16th.

This may be as bad as it’s even been in the post-David Moyes years,

In other news, this announcement left fans in disbelief.

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