Title odds 2016-17 100-1
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
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.