Liverpool thrashing moves Martinez closer to Everton exit
Toffees thumped in Merseyside derby last night
21 April 2016
The pressure was on Everton boss Roberto Martinez before last night’s derby with Liverpool, but after the Reds ran out easy 4-0 victors at Anfield, it’s becoming a matter of when not if the Spaniard will depart the blue half of Merseyside.
It’s 1/6 Martinez leaves before the start of next season, and it’s just 3/1 he isn’t even in charge by the time Everton play Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final this weekend.
Former Toffee David Moyes tops the betting to be Martinez’s replacement at 4/1, with Marcelo Bielsa 6/1 to make his Premier League bow at Goodison Park.
Looking for a new employer next season, current Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is also in the mix at 10s, with another ex-Citizen Roberto Mancini a 12/1 shot.
Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: “It was always looking likely Martinez would move on this summer but the derby result has shortened the odds of an even swifter exit.
“As far as a replacement is concerned, Moyes is still the front runner although Pellegrini is also proving a popular bet.”
Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe is 12/1, while outsiders include Goodison favourite Duncan Ferguson and Jurgen Klinnsman, both at 20s.
Should Martinez lead his side out at Wembley, they’re 5/2 to see off Louis van Gaal’s Red Devils inside 90 minutes, while the Toffees are 13/10 to qualify for the final.
Defeat for the Blues however – United are favourites at 11/10 in 90 minutes – and time will surely be ticking on Martinez’s exit on a tenure of unfulfilled potential.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.