Everton have sacked manager Roberto Martinez after three years in charge.
Martinez’s side, 12th in the Premier League, were beaten 3-1 by champions Leicester on Saturday and lost 3-0 at Sunderland on Wednesday.
The Toffees lost in the semi-finals of the FA Cup and League Cup this season.
They have won just five league games at home all season and are guaranteed to finish with their lowest points tally at Goodison Park since the introduction of three points for a win in 1981.
The club are expected to make an official announcement imminently to confirm their decision.
There have been an increasing number of protests against the Spaniard from supporters at recent home matches.
A banner saying “Time to go Roberto” was flown over Goodison during the 2-1 win over Bournemouth on 30 April, while some Everton fans remained inside the ground for more than an hour after the match to protest against Martinez and chairman Bill Kenwright.
The 42-year-old promised to deliver Champions League football when he was appointed to replace David Moyes in the summer of 2013 and he finished fifth in his first season in charge with 72 points – the most achieved by Everton since they last won the league title in 1986-87.
Last season they slipped to 11th.
Martinez leaves Everton with a 38% Premier League win percentage during his tenure. Over the past two seasons Everton have won a combined 22 league games – just one more than in 2013-14.
They have conceded 18 points from winning positions this season – only Tottenham with 20 and Liverpool (19) have a worse record.
Two-goal advantages were lost at Bournemouth and Chelsea – and even when they regained the lead in injury time in both games they still were pegged back to 3-3.
In March, a 2-0 lead at home to West Ham with 12 minutes left ended in a 3-2 defeat.
Last season the Toffees had the joint worst record with Sunderland for teams losing points from winning positions with 19.
In January, Martinez bought forward Oumar Niasse from Lokomotiv Moscow for £13.5m – Everton’s third most expensive signing – but the Senegal striker has started only two matches, failing to score in seven appearances in total.
Everton came under new ownership in February when Iranian businessman Farhad Moshiri bought a 49.9% stake.
Martinez began his managerial career at Swansea in 2007 and oversaw promotion from League One in his first full season in charge before joining Wigan in 2009.
He led the Latics to their first FA Cup victory in 2013, beating Manchester City 1-0 in the final, but they were relegated from the Premier League three days later and he took over at Everton shortly after.
The Argentine, 44, was appointed in May 2014 on a five-year deal and guided Spurs to a fifth-place finish in the Premier League and a League Cup final in his first season in charge.
With one game to go, Spurs are guaranteed a top-three Premier League finish this season.
“We believe this is just the beginning,” said Pochettino.
Spurs were challenging for the Premier League title until a bad-tempered 2-2 draw at Chelsea last week ensured Leicester City were crowned champions of England.
Pochettino has created a fast and powerful side with a backbone of young English players such as striker Harry Kane, defender Eric Dier and midfielder Dele Alli, who have all received their first international caps during the Argentine’s tenure.
He was photographed having lunch with former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson this week, prompting rumours he could be a target for the Old Trafford team this summer.
However, the former Paris St-Germain player believes he can bring trophies to Spurs.
“We have a long-term project and huge belief that we can achieve something big here for the future,” added Pochettino.
“This club has all the ingredients to continue to challenge at the very top in both the Premier League and in Europe.
“We want to be here to be a part of what I believe will be a special period in the club’s history.”
Assistant head coach Jesus Perez, first team coach Miguel D’Agostino and first team goalkeeping coach Toni Jimenez have also agreed extensions to their contracts.
De Boer, who led Ajax to four straight league titles between 2011 and 2014, has been linked with Everton, who have won one of their last 10 Premier League games.
“I began to realise that it was time for something else,” the 45-year-old De Boer told Ajax’s website.
De Boer was critical of Ajax’s failure to be crowned champions of the Netherlands for the 34th time last weekend.
Ajax needed to win at second-from-bottom De Graafschap to secure a fifth title in six years but were held to a surprise 1-1 draw that allowed PSV to leapfrog the leaders and retain their title after they won at PEC Zwolle.
“It was our own fault, we had it in our hands,” said de Boer after the game.
Newcastle United will hold a full inquest following the club’s relegation from the Premier League, managing director Lee Charnley has promised.
The Magpies dropped to the Championship for the second time in seven years after Sunderland beat Everton 3-0.
“The process of scrutinising what went wrong and planning for what is to come has already begun,” wrote Charnley.
Norwich City were also demoted, while Aston Villa’s relegation was confirmed weeks ago.
Charnley added: “We are devastated at our relegation from the Premier League, as I know every single person connected to this football club will be.
“We know that supporters want to know what the future holds and will want to hear more from us as soon as possible.”
The Magpies narrowly avoided relegation last season but could not avoid the drop this time, despite the appointment of Rafael Benitez following the sacking of Steve McClaren in March.
They also spent £12m on Andros Townsend and the same sum on Jonjo Shelvey in the January transfer window.
Benitez’s future is uncertain. The former Liverpool, Inter Milan, Chelsea and Real Madrid boss signed a three-year contract, but this is understood to contain a break clause in the event Newcastle were relegated.
“I want to thank all of the fans for the support you have shown for the club you love throughout the season, in spite of this massive disappointment and under-achievement,” added Charnley.
“Your support throughout has been magnificent, but I want to pay particular thanks for the incredible backing you have given to Rafa and the team during the latter part of the season.
“Nothing more could be asked of you and I am truly sorry we have not given you the outcome you deserve.”
What now for Norwich?
Norwich ended their home campaign with a 4-2 victory over Watford but it was not enough to extend their stay in the top flight to a second season.
“It is a severe disappointment,” said Norwich manager Alex Neil. “We had it in our hands five matches ago, but we came up short.”
The Scot, appointed in January 2015, paid tribute to the club’s fans and took responsibility for the club’s predicament.
“We have not given them too much to shout about and that makes it harder for me to accept letting them down,” he added.
Home fans sang in support of Neil in the second half and during a lap of appreciation following the final home game of the season.
“That, for me, was really, really humbling,” said Neil. “For them to respond in that way, I didn’t expect. I think it’s really unusual. I can only thank them for that.”
Neil said he would sit down with owners Delia Smith and Michael Wynn Jones to discuss what happens now.
“There’s a lot of soul searching and discussions to be had to decide which way the club is going to move forwards,” he said.
“My future doesn’t really concern me at this moment in time.”
Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce admitted he had doubts about the club’s chances of survival following a 6-2 loss at Goodison Park in November and then a run of five defeats at the end of 2015.
“It is outstanding from the grim dark days of December, when we lost five games on the trot,” said Allardyce. “It’s been a test not just on the field but off it.
“I’ve always tried to focus on the players and not let the outside influences affect me, particularly through the hard times, and I think in the end we’ve come through it stronger and stronger.”
Allardyce says recruitment is key if the club are to avoid another battle against relegation next season.
Wahbi Khazri, Jan Kirchhoff and Lamine Kone were brought in by the 61-year-old in January and played a key role in Sunderland’s resurgence.
The Black Cats have lost just one of their past 10 games.
“Recruitment is going to be absolutely massive this summer, finding the right players, finding really hungry players with a lot of quality,” said Allardyce
“Trying to get off to a flying start next season would be the main aim.”
Allardyce also praised the contribution of 33-year-old striker Jermain Defoe and said the club could not have stayed up without his 15 Premier League goals.
“Jermain ended up winning us games and in the end that has got us safe,” said the former Newcastle and West Ham boss, who was appointed in October.