Everton today announced that Roberto Martinez has been sacked.
The Spaniard’s three-year tenure at Goodison Park was brought to an abrupt end one day after the Toffees lost 3-0 at Sunderland. This season has been a wretched one for the club, who have won just five league games all season.
Everton’s main rivals, Liverpool, will always enjoy watching their neighbours suffer and they’ve had plenty of opportunities to do so this season. The Reds thrashed Everton 4-0 in last month’s Merseyside derby and a sizeable gap in the talent of both teams has developed.
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Liverpool hero Jamie Carragher was one of many fans who poked fun at the Toffees and, when the question was put to him on whether he would take over the vacant role, issued a hilarious response.
Carragher was a boyhood Everton fan but an entire professional career spent at Liverpool quickly changed the colour of his blood from blue to red.
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And so when Twitter user @couling_miles asked the retire defender if he would take the job, showing Carragher a betting slip with odds of 66/1, he responded as only a true Kopite would:
“I’d love the opportunity to take you to the championship.”
And that is how you cause a Twitter meltdown.
Carragher was a boyhood Everton fan
Everton fans were quick to remind the former England international of his childhood support, and in 2008 he went into detail about how the club once controlled his life.
“I was a total Everton fanatic right through my childhood and teens,” said the 2005 Champions League winner, per the Daily Mail. “Everton controlled my life and dominated my thoughts 24/7. I went to the away games, followed them across Europe and in the mid-80s went to Wembley so often it began to feel like Alton Towers.
“When I talk about that Everton team I still say 'we'. Even when I was playing for Liverpool reserves I'd want Everton's first team to win the derby every time.”
But now, the club that once brought him so much joy is nothing more than one of Liverpool’s 19 Premier League opponents.
Everton’s new owner Farhad Moshiri and chairman Bill Kenwright must have been listening when Carragher told Sky Sports that Martinez should be sacked before the final game of the season just hours before the announcement was made.
"If Bill Kenwright and the new owner who has come in alongside him want to change the manager at Everton Football Club for next season they've got to do it tomorrow,” Carragher said.
“Basically, they shouldn't be putting Roberto Martinez through the final game of the season at home to Norwich.”
Martinez’s dismissal brings to an end months of backlash from fans desperate to see the former Wigan manager, once tipped to become one of Europe’s finest tacticians, go.
Who should Everton hire to replace Martinez? Let us know in the comments section below!