Everton manager Roberto Martinez has been sacked, the club announced on Thursday.
After nearly three years as manager, Martinez has an additional three years remaining on his contract, but was fired after a stretch of poor performances by the club. Everton has a 10–13–14 record and is in 12th place in the Premier League.
The Toffees lost, 3–0, to Sunderland on Wednesday, and have won just one of their last 10 matches across all competition. Martinez led them to the semifinals of the FA Cup and the League Cup this year, but they lost both fixtures.
Fans have held protests calling for Martinez’s firing, and had planned another for Thursday evening.
Everton has one match remaining this season, taking on relegated Norwich City at Goodison Park. American goalkeeper Tim Howard is slated to start in what will be his final match before leaving for MLS's Colorado Rapids.