The Everton boss was relieved of his duties on Thursday afternoon after a disappointing campaign for the Toffees.
They sit 12th in the table and will finish outside of the top ten for the second successive campaign.
That is a position many believe is far below where a squad of their quality, arguably the best Everton have had for some time, and that ramped up the pressure on Martinez.
It finally told as he was sacked following the 3-0 loss to Sunderland on Wednesday evening and reacting on Twitter Ball has questioned what may have been had they made the decision sooner.
Not surprising he has gone today to stop anymore embarrassment at tonight's awards evening & Sunday.— Michael Ball (@bally03) May 12, 2016
But can't stopping thinking if decision was made earlier what could've been for EFC this year.— Michael Ball (@bally03) May 12, 2016
Loyalty over success?
Now who steps in?
Who Everton now look to as their next manager remains to be seen, with a number of potential managers having been named already.
Frank de Boer seems to be the favourite at present following his departure from Ajax, but the likes of Ronald Koeman, Mark Hughes and Eddie Howe are also names being mentioned.
What is for sure, is that the Blues cannot afford for the next one to go as wrong as Martinez has turned out as they try to turn their fortunes around.