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Star man Gareth Barry

Writ­ten off a year ago, Barry reemerged stronger than ever. To un­der­stand his in­flu­ence, take a look at what hap­pened when he was ab­sent in the fi­nal part of the sea­son. The struc­ture of the team dis­in­te­grated

with­out him.

What went right?

At the start of the sea­son, the re­al­is­tic am­bi­tion was to com­pete for the top four and end a tro­phy drought. In the cups, Ever­ton pro­gressed, reach­ing two semi-fi­nals when they were un­lucky to be de­feated by both Manchester clubs. The knock­out tour­na­ments were a source of hope un­til April.

What went wrong?

The league cam­paign has been noth­ing short of wretched. Ever­ton’s home record de­fies be­lief given the cal­i­bre of player in the squad, and al­though they have been tough to beat on the road, the wheels have come off com­pletely in the last few weeks of the sea­son.

Lame duck Ou­mar Ni­asse

The mur­murs about what Ever­ton had done with their £13.5 mil­lion be­gan within days of his sign­ing in Jan­uary. Martínez seemed re­luc­tant to use him, cit­ing a wrist prob­lem (not one to usu­ally keep a player out). When he was seen, the head-shak­ing be­gan.

What’s the ver­dict on Roberto Martínez?

Martínez was on man­age­rial death row af­ter the FA Cup semi-fi­nal de­feat. The fans had had enough and with a new share­holder – Farhad Moshiri – as­sess­ing his op­tions a fresh­en­ing up was in­evitable.

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