Everton have parted company with its manager Roberto Martinez which brings to an end the Spaniard’s three years spell at the Merseyside club.
Everton have won just five league games at home all season and are guaranteed to finish with their lowest points tally at Goodison Park since the introduction of three points for a win in 1981.
Martinez’s and his boys were beaten 3-1 by champions Leicester on Saturday before losing 3-0 at Sunderland on Wednesday night. The Toffees also lost in the semi-finals of the FA Cup and League Cup this season.
The club are expected to make an official announcement imminently to confirm their decision.
Martínez’s three-year tenure will be brought to end when Everton have finalised the terms of his exit with the Spaniard’s representatives. The 42-year-old has three years remaining on the lucrative contract he was given by Everton at the end of his first season in charge in 2014.
The manager is believed to earn at least £3m a year and the club’s hierarchy faces a substantial severance payment for the remainder of Martínez’s contract and those of his backroom staff.