Neville Southall calls on Everton to appoint Jose Mourinho

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Everton sacked Roberto Martinez on Thursday following the previous night’s 3-0 defeat against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

The Toffees have won just one of their previous 10 matches and will finish the season with a maximum tally of 47 Premier League points - well below what was expected of the Merseyside outfit at the start of the campaign.

Frank de Boer is currently the bookmakers’ favourite to replace Martinez at Goodison Park after leaving Ajax this week, followed by Ronald Koeman, Manuel Pellegrini, David Moyes and Rafa Benitez.


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However, Everton great Neville Southall has called for the club to “show some balls” by appointing, wait for it, Jose Mourinho: the trophy-winning machine who’s expected to join Manchester United this summer. Yes, really.

“Adios Roberto Martinez,” the retired goalkeeper tweeted on Friday morning, “it's time for Everton to show some balls and get Jose Mourinho”.

Jose Mourinho isn't joining Everton

Surprisingly, Mourinho is around the 22/1 mark - and as low as 16/1 with some bookmakers - to become the next Everton manager.

There’s virtually zero chance of it happening, though. Mourinho will sign for one of Europe’s top clubs this summer, be it United or another giant.

Reaction to Southall's tweet

Needless to say, the reaction to Southall’s suggestion has been pretty amusing this morning - check out these tweets…

David Unsworth in charge this weekend

David Unsworth, Everton’s Under-21 coach, will take charge of the team's final match of the season against relegated Norwich City this weekend alonside Joe Royle.

The Toffees will then be hoping to make a swift announcement over Martinez’s replacement soon after.

Everton's statement

Everton thanked Martinez for his hard work over the past three years via a statement on their official website on Thursday.

“Everton Football Club regrets to announce that Roberto Martinez has left his position as First Team Manager with immediate effect,” the statement reads.

“The Chairman and the Board of Directors would like to place on record their thanks for the dedication and commitment Roberto has shown during his three seasons with the Club.

“Roberto has been a great ambassador for the Club, conducting himself, at all times, with the utmost integrity and dignity.

“He secured the Club its highest ever Premier League points total, a place in the last 16 of the Europa League and appearances in both domestic cup semi-finals.

“He has also played a key role in the development of several young players, managing their progression to the Everton First Team and International honours.”

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