Everton striker Romelu Lukaku says the relationship between the players and former boss Roberto Martinez was broken towards the end of the Spaniard’s tenure at Goodison Park, the Liverpool Echo reports.
Martinez received his marching orders earlier this month following a 3-0 defeat at Sunderland.
Everton fans had shared their displeasure with the former Wigan Athletic boss via banners at Goodison Park, and Lukaku admits at the end that there was a breakdown in relationship with a number of players.
“The team did not perform at all. We won two of our last 11 games. When things are broken between the manager and the players, it become difficult,” Lukaku told the Liverpool Echo.
However, his early success only raised expectations and during his second season the defence started to leak more goals and the style of football became a little too predictable.
During his last 11 games in charge, Everton managed just two league victories and in that run they suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat to Merseyside rivals Liverpool at Anfield.
A number of names have been linked with replacing Martinez, with Sevilla’s Unai Emery a popular choice.