Sam Allardyce has admitted his sympathy for Roberto Martinez after the Everton manager was sacked following his side's 3-0 defeat to Allardyce's Sunderland on Wednesday night, telling the reporters, as shown by the club's official website, that he believes the Spaniard deserved more time at Goodison Park.
Martinez had been under huge amounts of pressure for the majority of the season as the Toffees struggled for a second consecutive year to establish themselves in the top half of the table.
Despite Romelu Lukaku's 25 goals, 18 of which have come in the Premier League, the Merseyside club cannot finish higher than 11th after winning just one of their last 10 league matches.
Wednesday's dreadful 3-0 defeat at the Stadium of Light proved to be the straw that broke the camel's back for the Spaniard, and it was announced on Thursday afternoon that he has left his post.
Allardyce, whose Sunderland side secured survival with the win, insisted that Martinez will bounce back from the disappointment of how his time at Everton turned out, but suggested that he should have been given more time to turn their fortunes around.
The 61-year-old told reporters, as shown by the Sunderland website: "My sympathies go out to Roberto. He will no doubt bounce back.
"He's a good manager, a very very good manager, he's proven that and as difficult as it will be for him to take the sack at this moment in time he'll bounce back better and stronger.
"He'll be very, very disappointed. I really think he deserved a bit more time but I'm not the man in charge."
Though Martinez led Everton to the semi-finals of the FA Cup, where they were ultimately defeated by Manchester United 2-1 in heartbreaking fashion, that run was not enough for the board to ignore the dismal league form which has seen the club once again lost in mid-table obscurity.