Jamie Carragher believes Everton should sack Roberto Martinez this week if the club are considering changing managers.
Martinez led his side to a 3-0 defeat to relegation-embattled Sunderland on Wednesday, securing a 13th Premier League defeat of the season.
The Spaniard took over from David Moyes in 2013, with Everton having finished sixth in the Scot’s final season. The Toffees climbed to fifth in Martinez’s first campaign, but slipped to 11th last season.
This season they sit in 12th with one game remaining. They could conceivably finish 16th by season’s end.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Carragher believes Everton should sack Martinez today if they are even considering changing managers.
“If Bill Kenwright and the new owner who has come in alongside him want to change the manager at Everton Football Club for next season they’ve got to do it tomorrow,” Carragher said on Wednesday.
“Basically, they shouldn’t be putting Roberto Martinez through the final game of the season at home to Norwich.
“Everton have got a fanatical support home and away and I couldn’t believe how many empty seats there were in the away end tonight.
“There were the normal banners that we’ve seen in the last few weeks and there’s very few, if any, supporters now wanting him to stay in the job.
“I think it could be a poisonous crowd and reaction to Roberto Martinez and the team at the weekend. If they want to keep the manager then keep him and he obviously has the final game and back him.
“But if they are thinking of changing the manager, don’t let him go through the weekend.
“It’s been a poor season for Everton, you can’t dress it up.
“Last season wasn’t really good enough. He made a fantastic start. On the back of David Moyes doing a great job for 10 years, you thought there would be a drop-off, but there wasn’t and he actually took Everton forwards.
“They won big away games and got the most points they’d ever had and you though they were on the cusp of something; maybe challenging for trophies and getting in the top four.
“They fell away last year and it’s fell even further this season. After two years on the bounce it will be difficult to come back from that.”