Now Roberto Martinez has gone, what does the new Everton manager need to do next season?

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Roberto Martinez was sacked after presiding over a side that has tumbled down the table, where do Everton go from here?

The decline of Everton under Roberto Martinez over the past two years has been pretty astonishing in terms of how quickly things unravelled.

After a season which saw them in the hunt for Champions League qualification - and accumulate a record points tally in the Premier League era in the process, it was probably hard to follow things up well in the second season. A bottom half finish followed, but this season has been truly alarming.

Spineless displays, basic defensive errors and players just looking generally disinterested - it's of little wonder the Spaniard's tenure came to an end. 

Everton have several problems, but one thing they do have is firepower. Admittedly it hasn't been demonstrated of late but a side that scores 56 goals from 37 games - and at one point in the season were the second highest scorers in the league - shows that they have the capability to score goals. Conceding 55 goals, however, is massive problem.

From that, it's evident that they need to appoint someone with some kind of defensive solidity - and the manager will need to be backed in the summer. There will also need to be someone that can instill a ruthless streak as 10 wins is simply not enough, and the way that Everton surrendered leads this season, we all know that tally should be greater. 

But what should their target be? It feels as though after such a slide, a good start would be arresting it and making them hard to beat again and building a solid platform to build on - and no-one knows just how many of the club's top players are going to be there at the start of next season, or whether the interest of potential suitors has increased or declined as a result of their recent run. 

Over the past 10 years, Everton has more often than not been solidly top half, difficult to beat and whoever turned up at Goodison Park knew they were in a game. They need to find themselves back at that stage by the end of next season and build from there. It feels like it's a big moment for the club as they seek to turn things around. 

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