Didn't Everton play well in the 2nd half of the semi-final against Man Utd? It may seem perverse but I think I'd rather they hadn't. They gave me hope, only for it to be dashed. Had the game continued like the first half, with Everton looking timid and passionless (albeit with Lukaku nearly scoring twice despite being almost totally alone up front) to what looked like it's inevitable conclusion of something like 3-0, then Martinez would surely have gone by this morning, or at least this week before the home game against Bournemouth on Saturday.
Instead we had the emotional roller coaster of hoping for a Wembley final, 50 years on from the classic win against Sheffield Wednesday and against very beatable opposition. Not to be. Watching the 2nd half made you wonder who said what at half time and why the team went out with such a negative attitude at the start.
Websites are talking about Everton shortlisting potential replacement managers. One says Pellegrini tops the list (please, please no! Hopefully he is already lined up with a major continental club. I've just never liked the guy, that's all), followed by Koeman (tick from me) or Frank de Boer, currently at Ajax.
For now, please get rid and give it to Duncan Ferguson for the last few games. That might tell us whether the squad is capable of showing some passion for 90 minutes rather than 45.