Though they sat mere metres apart, Jurgen Klopp and Roberto Martinez could not have appeared in more contrasting places during the Merseyside derby.
Laughing and joking with his bench like he was on a Bahaman holiday, the former revelled in his side’s 4-0 win. A little further along the touchline, Everton’s manager looked like the schoolboy his parents had forgot to collect.
For the victim, no mauling is ever well timed, but this was especially poor for Martinez, who now has an FA Cup semi-final to win in order to save his job.
It will test every sinew of his man-management capabilities to get his first XI, many of whom copped the beating at Anfield, lifted in time to face Manchester United on Saturday.
Add a raft of centre-half absences thanks to Ramiro Funes Mori’s red card and John Stones’ illness to the downtrodden morale and things look decidedly grey for the former Wigan boss.
In the circumstances, a win would be miraculous for Martinez. But would it be enough to save him from the chop?
Former Goodison God David Moyes is unemployed and a host of other attractive names like Marcelo Bielsa, Manuel Pellegrini and Roberto Mancini fill Ladbrokes’ market to succeed the Spaniard.
After a season in which lofty expectations of a top-four challenge has been met with a spot in 11th place with four to play, the Toffees decision makers could well plump for a change of tack. Few could blame them.
A squad dripping in exciting talent needs success in order to stave off a growing flock of elite European vultures.
Chelsea are turning Romelu Lukaku’s head and have already tried to buy Stones once. At most they’ll have one more season on Merseyside before agitating for Champions League football and the chance to challenge for trophies.
Bringing a manager in that can provide that looks to be Everton’s next move
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