Both men will be looking for new jobs in the off season.

Brendan Rodgers' and Roberto Martinez's fall from grace

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Just two seasons ago, Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Martinez were the two hottest young managers in the Premier League.

Both were widely praised for the enterprising football that Liverpool and Everton were playing, and many thought it was a sign of things to come. 

Fast forward two years, however, and they are both on the managerial scrap heap looking to rebuild their careers.


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The question is, where did it go so wrong? An answer may be that both of them are attack-minded managers. This is a noble quality, the only problem is that the defensive side of the game was often neglected.

Liverpool's defensive woes were evident in the 2013/14 season, conceding more goals that 11th place Crystal Palace (50). However, the breathtaking attacking play led by Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge managed to cover up the faults. 

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The following season they weren't so lucky, when without their dynamic duo, the team struggled to score but didn't stop leaking goals. When Rodgers bought defensive cover, he either didn't use them to their full capacity or didn't play them at all.

Martinez started his life on the blue side of Merseyside in sensational fashion, playing the sort of entertaining football that fans craved for, but rarely saw under the reign of David Moyes. 

A fifth-placed finish, where they claimed 72 points, was their highest points total in the Premier League, and raised hopes that the club were in for a very bright future.

The downfall came in the fact that the Spaniard seemingly knew only one way to play - all out attack.

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Everton have dropped a total of 48 points from winning positions in the Martinez era, including 18 this season. Collapses late in games, particularly at home to West Ham United, Bournemouth and Stoke City this season indicates a lack of tactical nous at the crucial moment.

The other similarity both men possessed was the gift of the gab. Both managers used effusive language such as 'phenomenal' 'tremendous' or 'outstanding' regularly in after match interviews, so much so that it became a running joke in both fanbases.

Positivity is admirable but it seemed to come even when their team didn't play well. The one thing you want to hear from your manager is total honesty as the fans are not fools. Liverpool fans never truly fell in love with Rodgers, while Martinez had the crowd on his side in the early part of his tenure, but it turned progressively worse and reached a peak in the last couple of months.   

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To his credit, Rodgers took his sacking with a great sense of grace and there is nothing to suggest that Martinez won't do likewise. Both men had the best intentions when they took the jobs, however it clearly didn't work for them.  

They are both young and ambitious enough to rebound and fix their flaws that they had in their last job. Rodgers has been linked to quite a few jobs in the past few months, including his old club Swansea, but nothing has come to fruition. It will be very interesting to see where he and Martinez end up next. 

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