How Roberto Martinez's downfall is strikingly similar to that of his former Liverpool counterpart

Knocked out of the semi-finals of both domestic cups, alarming league form, sound familiar?

A season where he achieved a record points total in the Premier League era and came close to fulfilling his claim that he could take Everton into the Champions League at the first time of asking, 2013/14 seemed a vindication of taking a gamble on a manager that had just been relegated from the top flight - albeit  with a FA Cup triumph to his name in the same season.

Everton were flying but faltered in the final hurdles in their pursuit of Champions League football. But they were attacking, refreshing and playing some effective entertaining football, much like their neighbours across the park who challenged for the Premier League title only to fall during the final hurdles. 

Everton have, of course, had their season of grace. Rodgers had his the season after he had taken over a Liverpool side that finished eighth in the previous campaign - which you could argue was vindicated by what followed as Liverpool finished within two points of title winners Manchester City.

Roberto Martinez's side slumped down the league table last season but embarked on a European campaign, which some would argue had a knock-on effect on their domestic form as they reached the last-16 of the Europa League.

With the pressure that is building on the Spaniard at Goodison Park, this is looking increasingly like his last season at the club. Everton languish in the bottom half of the table as their form has been shocking - culminating in a spineless Merseyside derby performance that saw Liverpool win 4-0 - and they have been knocked out in the semi-finals of both cup competitions.

Sound familiar? Liverpool reached the semi-finals of the League Cup - to lose to Chelsea - and put in one of their worst performances in recent memory as they were knocked out by Aston Villa in the semi-finals of the FA Cup. Their league form would collapse as well, culminating in a 6-1 defeat to Stoke City on the final day of the season. Eight games into the following campaign they would remove Rodgers from his position.

It seems the writing is on the wall for Martinez, and if Everton are to relieve the Spaniard of his duties, then the latest they can do it is during the close season. That is one parallel they do not want to have with Liverpool - but the other comparisons are striking.

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