Everton are battling to find their feet under new boss Marco Silva after what has been a turbulent few years for the Merseyside outfit.
After 11 years under the guidance of David Moyes, the Toffees have had four permanent managers since the Scottish boss moved to Manchester United and Silva is looking to fair a lot better than his predecessors at Goodison Park.
The longest-serving boss during that period was Roberto Martinez, who lasted just short of three years, but the current Belgium coach is not remembered that fondly by fans after what was the start of a period of mid-table struggles.
Martinez has since led Belgium to the World Cup semi-finals and that achievement seems to be a driving force behind Real Madrid’s reported interest, as the European champions seek a new leader after axing Julen Lopetegui after their 5-1 drubbing against Barcelona.
It is fair to say Everton fans cannot quite believe what they are reading and we have gathered some of the best reactions below.
Imagine if Martinez goes to Real Madrid ahahahahaha. How could we explain that for 2 years the man was a joke
— Ross (@rossEFC95) October 29, 2018
Bobby Martinez has gone from being an actual failure as Everton manager to being one of the favourites to be Real Madrid head coach. What strange times we live in…
— James (@archivesofjames) October 31, 2018
If Solari fails in his interim role, appointing Roberto Martinez will be catastrophic for Real Madrid, wasn’t good enough for Everton.
— ????????owenparkesefc???????? (@owenparkes123) October 29, 2018
Roberto Martinez is 7/2 to become the next Real Madrid manager (third favourite).
He spent £16 million on Oumar Niasse for Everton back in 2016.
Can’t help but think putting him in charge of a big budget is a bad move… pic.twitter.com/qgnhPXkvkM
— Sam Eaton (@sameaton12) October 30, 2018
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! If Roberto Martinez even gets an interview for the Real Madrid job they need to have new presidential elections straight away. I love Roberto, such a nice fella, but he can't manage a side to save his life!
— AndyCM81 (@AndyCM81) October 30, 2018
I hope Martinez gets the Madrid job because he's a nice fella and all that but is he really good enough for it? Relegated with Wigan, Sacked by us now the next Real Madrid manager..
— ForeverEverton (@ForeverEverton0) October 30, 2018
Martinez – third fav ???????????????? go on #RealMadrid – I dare you….
— Rich (@Growlerxxx) October 29, 2018