Lukaku suggests a key reason why Everton sacked Martinez

Everton manager Roberto Martinez

Roberto Martinez was dismissed as Everton boss earlier this month.

Everton's Romelu Lukaku looks dejected

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.

Everton's Romelu Lukaku on the bench

“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.

Martinez’s reign on Merseyside started so brightly, and in his debut season in charge he guided the Toffees to their best ever Premier League points tally.

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.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez

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.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez

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