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Everton end season on a high with 3-0 win against Norwich City

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Tim Howard signed off with a clean sheet – the first Everton have kept at home since 3 February – but it was his predication that Roberto Martínez’s successor would be “sitting on a goldmine” of talent that left the greatest impression at Goodison Park. Teenage debutants were to the fore as Everton ended a tumultuous week and season with a convincing win against Norwich City.

Tom Davies and Kieran Dowell were given full debuts by David Unsworth, the under-21s coach asked to take temporary charge following Martínez’s dismissal on Thursday, and excelled as Everton won for only the second time in 11 matches. Jonjoe Kenny made it a trio of academy graduates to impress when he came off from the substitutes’ bench. James McCarthy, Leighton Baines and Kevin Mirallas were the beneficiaries on the scoresheet.

Related: Rafael Benítez could talk to Everton but is negotiating with Newcastle

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Tottenham and Arsenal battle for second: Premier League clockwatch – live!

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Leicester’s Drinkwater smashes a shot at the Chelsea goal, but Ivanovic is there to clear. Chelsea break and Baba crosses for Traore to hit home, but the striker stumbles on the ball and can’t score.

At Arsenal, Wilshere lashes a shot into the side-netting with Villa playing as sloppily as they have done all season.

Schmeichel makes a wonderful save as Chelsea attack, Leicester go straight up the other end and Vardy has a shot saved.

John Terry has been acknowledging the crowd’s support at Stamford Bridge:

Captain. Leader. Legend. (@alibendertv) pic.twitter.com/C2MeTqs2je

In the match itself, Newcastle are looking very solid. Good in defence, probing in attack. Tottenham on course for third, Arsenal second as things stand.

Sunderland fans in prissy mood have hired a plane to fly over St James’ Park. “Auf Wiedersehn Prem, Tyne to go” reads the banner.

On the 26th minute at Stamford Bridge, the Chelsea fans have risen as one to applaud John Terry (who wears number 26). It’s clear they want him to stay, and Chelsea have offered him a one year deal – but have not offered him the same money he is rumoured to have been offered from China.

The top of the Premier League table looks like this currently.

Shaun Wilkinson emails about the scoreline in Newcastle: “And the ‘after the horse has bolted award’ for 2016 goes to Gini Wijnaldum. If that goal had come in literally any of the last 10 games …”

West Ham have started sluggishly but are now ahead.

Reid headed a high corner back into the area, Antonio brought down on his chest – handball? – and drove a low shot in.

Ibe has just run half the length of the pitch to score his first Premier League goal.

Details of the goal in Newcastle: Janmaat crosses from the right and Alderweireld could not head the ball out. Newcastle pounced on the ball, working it Wijnaldum, who stroked the ball home.

The Everton goal: McCarthy strode to the edge of the box, then bent the ball past Ruddy from distance.

The new manager bounce?

Oh, Tottenham.

Here’s the full story on the abandoment/postponement at Old Trafford:

Related: Manchester United abandon final Premier League game after security alert leads to Old Trafford evacuation

More news to make people feel old:

1 – WBA's Jonathan Leko is the first player born in 1999 to assist a Premier League goal. Party.

There’s a funny old atmosphere at Stamford Bridge: the Leicester fans have demanded the Chelsea fans “Stand up for the champions” and, oddly, they have complied. All very friendly.

Jacob Steinberg is at Stoke v West Ham:

West Ham are looking a tad leggy in midfield. Sloppy start from both sides.

Rondon is played in and, from a tight angle, beats Bogdan at his near post.

Vardy whistles a shot across the face of the Chelsea goal from distance, Courtois watches it go wide.

Norwich have started brightly against Everton, but Lukaku has had the first chance of the game, smashing one at Ruddy in the Norwich goal, who turns the ball around the post for a corner.

At Newcastle v Tottenham: Andros Townsend plays Janmaat in, who finds Mitrovic. The striker, under pressure from Alderweireld, misses badly.

So the Premier League season will not finish today. A suspect package has been discovered at Old Trafford forcing the match to be rescheduled and the ground evacuated.

The Manchester United v Bournemouth match has been abandoned. Details here.

There’s been a goal at the Liberty Stadiumfind out which way it went here.

Giroud puts Arsenal in with a shout of finishing above Tottenham.

At Chelsea v Leicester, Robert Huth is sitting in the press box. The Leicester fans, meanwhile, are singing “We’re staying up!”

The evacuation at Old Trafford has been caused by the discovery of a suspect package. More here.

Caption competition:

“‘Roman; So our cunning master plan to humiliate all those pundit idiots came off. Brilliant!’” hoots Mark Elliot.

Chelsea have lined up to provide Leicester with a guard of honour, with Roman Abramovich applauding Claudio Ranieri with a very fixed grin as he receives a special trophy on the pitch at Stamford Bridge. The Chelsea crowd offer their former manager warm applause.

All round the country, there is clickety-clack sound of studs in tunnels. Players are striding out onto pitches, some of them for the last time. Kick-off minutes away.

Caption competition:

“Ha ha, yes Claudio, I agree. José Mourinho is the devil and I got what I deserved this season for hiring him,” hoots J.R. in Illinois.

Caption competition:

“HE WHO LAUGHS LAST …” bellows Tony Walton.

In July last year, our football editor Marcus Christenson wrote an article suggesting that Claudio Ranieri was likely to get Leicester City relegated from the Premier League. Here’s his apology:

Related: Claudio Ranieri: an apology | Marcus Christenson

Swansea v Manchester City will still kick-off at 3pm, but there will be a 45 minute delay at Old Trafford. Fergie time? Details here.

Caption competition:

“‘Hahaha, that’s my dilly-dong, Roman!’,” hoots someone called, apparently, Mad Vader.

In other news Max Verstappen has won the Spanish Grand Prix. Wow.

There are reports that Old Trafford is being evacuated. Daniel Harris has the details here.

The grand prix in Barcelona is drawing to a close – join Lawrence Ostlere for the last lap here:

Related: F1: Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg crash out of Spanish GP – live!

Caption competition latest: the gist basically being “ha ha ha ha ha!”

“Roman, the funniest, haha, the funniest thing, haha, happened to me, hahaha, after you sacked me before I could win, haha, the league here… it took a while though, so don’t be smiling too much,” hoots Robert Smith.

New of some exits at Arsenal:

Wenger and Sir Chips Keswick confirming the departures of Rosicky, Arteta & Flamini in pieces in the programme today #afc

Could there be a playoff for a Europa League place? Possibly. Here’s how:

West Ham and Liverpool will tie for sixth or seventh place (depending on Southampton’s result) if West Ham lose 1-0 at Stoke and Liverpool win 2-1 at West Brom, or if West Ham lose 2-1 and Liverpool win 3-2 etc. If a Europa League place is at stake, a play-off at a neutral venue will then be required if Liverpool lose to Sevilla.

Related: Which English teams will be contesting what in Europe next season?

Caption competition latest:

“Bwahhh … Ha! Ha hahahahaha! … wait … wait … [pauses for breath] Bwaaaaaah! HA HA HA!” reports John Pitre.

North of the border, Celtic have spanked Motherwell 7-0. And here’s one for a future pub quiz: The 16-year-old debutant substitute Jack Aitchison – the youngest player to play for the Hoops – scored the seventh with his first touch. Aitchison was born on 5 March, 2000 which is enough to make me feel very, very old.

Caption competition: email tom.bryant@theguardian.com

The crowd at Stamford Bridge have warmly applauded the Leicester City players as they stroll out onto the pitch to warm-up. Which is nice. Meanwhile, some news on Theo Walcott’s hamstring from Dave Hytner:

Slight hamstring for Walcott, apparently … Not in the 18 #afc

Rafa Benitez is talking about how the Newcastle fans have had an impact on whether or not he will stay at the club: “They have already made me think about the future. When I came I knew about the size of the club but I was really impressed with the fans. So I am considering my options because of the love from the fans. The main thing is to be sure everyone wants the same thing.”

There will be no title decider today, of course, but that’s no reason not to spend a little time with Rob Smyth’s Joy of Six on that very subject from a few years back.

Related: The Joy of Six: title deciders | Rob Smyth

In the League One playoff, Milwall have beaten Bradford 3-1. Plymouth host Portsmouth in the second leg of their League Two play-off semi-final with the scores level at 2-2 alter on while Forest Green and Grimsby go head-to-head in the National League play-off final at 4pm at Wembley.

Chelsea then, playing for nothing and with talented youngsters galore, opt not to give those youngsters the chance to get some game time and instead play the same old underperforming lot who will all be off the Euros and could do with a break. Sunderland, with nothing to play for anymore, have played a team full of kids. Big Sam to Stamford Bridge? Samford Bridge?

Newcastle: Darlow, Janmaat, Taylor, Mbemba, Dummett, Tiote, Colback, Townsend, Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Mitrovic.
Subs: Cisse, De Jong, Shelvey, Aarons, Perez, Woodman, Sterry.

It was 12 years ago today that Claudio Ranieri took charge of his last match as the Chelsea manager. For many other men – me included – the chance to walk back out on that pitch having taking the title from your former employers would be an opportunity to stand in the centre circle and flick Vs at all four stands. But Ranieri is, perhaps disappointingly, not like that. Chelsea will provide Leicester with a guard of honour and it is just the final touch in a wonderful season for the visitors that they will take their deserved plaudits at the home of the former champions.

In theory, Arsenal have the easier task today. Aston Villa, manager-less, relegated and without even giving the impression of putting up much of a fight have won just six points away from home all season and are dead bottom of the away form table.

Tottenham, however, face Newcastle at St James’ Park where the home side have been reasonable of late. Newcastle have lost one of their last six at home, and may well have something to prove in front of their own fans. There’s a sense of optimism around the club that they can keep Rafael Benítez in the dugout and so Tottenham’s task may well be harder than their north London rivals’.

What do Tottenham fans feel about their season?Pochettino has done wonders”, but the midfield lacks cover and, if Harry Kane get injured or loses form, they’re in trouble. What do Arsenal fans feel about their season: “We’ve blown it, big time”.

Aston Villa fans are in particularly angry mood, while Chelsea fans believe the club has been invaded by body snatchers. There’s plenty more below:

Related: Premier League 2015-16 fans’ verdicts part one: Arsenal to Manchester United

Related: Premier League 2015-16 fans’ verdicts part two: Newcastle to West Ham

The bottom’s done and dusted, there’s plenty of jockeying for position to be done between 11th and 16th – though it all has the feel of bald men fighting for combs.

Chelsea, Stoke and Swansea can duke it out for mid-table obscurity and then it’s the fight for (or against) Europa League qualification.

Related: Which English teams will be contesting what in Europe next season?

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Rafael Benítez could talk to Everton but is negotiating with Newcastle

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• ‘Mike Ashley’s keen to talk and I’m really pleased,’ says Newcastle manager
• Benítez’s home is on the Wirral and he could be open to Everton move

Rafa Benítez says there is a good chance he will still be in charge of Newcastle United next season but his future at the newly relegated Tynesiders hinges on two factors: the outcome of talks with Mike Ashley this coming week and a potential approach from Everton.

Although the latter seems unlikely at present, the former Liverpool manager’s family home is on the Wirral and it is understood he could be open to talking to Goodison Park officials to succeed Roberto Martínez.

Related: Sunderland fans plan ‘Auf wiedersehen Prem’ plane taunt of Newcastle

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Everton players did not gang up against Roberto Martínez, says Tim Howard

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• It’s a load of rubbish, says Goodison Park goalkeeper
• USA veteran to play 414th and final game on Sunday against Norwich

Tim Howard has said there was no dressing room mutiny against Roberto Martínez at Everton and the players share responsibility for the underachievement that cost the manager his job.

Martínez was sacked on Thursday following a dismal run of results and performances that indicated the players had stopped responding to his methods. Southampton’s manager, Ronald Koeman, is the preferred replacement of Farhad Moshiri, Everton’s major shareholder, with Frank de Boer also under consideration.

Related: David Unsworth tells Everton’s players they owe Goodison Park a performance

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Everton v Norwich City: match preview

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An afternoon with Joe Royle, Duncan Ferguson and David Unsworth sounds more like a sportsman’s dinner than a Premier League fixture but the trio of ex-Evertonians will lift Goodison Park’s mood following the sacking of Roberto Martínez. The visit of relegated Norwich City would have been a mutinous, horrible affair had Martínez been kept on for one more game and it will be revealing if his former players suddenly show more commitment than they have done in recent weeks. Andy Hunter

Kick-off Sunday 3pm

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David Unsworth tells Everton’s players they owe Goodison Park a performance

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• Roberto Martínez suggested Unsworth take charge of the team
• ‘A good man has lost his job and that’s always difficult,’ he says

David Unsworth has told Everton’s players they owe Goodison Park a performance on Sunday as he revealed it was Roberto Martínez who suggested he manage the team against Norwich City.

Unsworth, Everton’s Under-21s coach, is in temporary charge at Goodison following Martínez’s sacking on Thursday. The former Everton defender took his first training session with the senior squad on Friday and will select the side to face Norwich in conjunction with the first-team coach Duncan Ferguson, the Under-18s manager John Ebbrell and Joe Royle, who now works with the club’s academy players.

Related: Ronald Koeman likely to dash Everton’s hopes by staying at Southampton

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Ronald Koeman likely to dash Everton’s hopes by staying at Southampton

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• Manager is top of shortlist to succeed Roberto Martínez
• Dutchman to discuss future with Saints next week

Ronald Koeman is likely to dash Everton’s hopes that he will succeed Roberto Martínez after indicating that he wants to stay at Southampton.

The Dutchman had been top of the shortlist to succeed Martínez at Goodison Park but told a press conference that he will sit down with the Saints board next week with a view to discussing his current deal before he goes on holiday.

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Twelve goals at Goodison Park (and two referees): archive, 13 May 1935

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13 May 1935: Football League team wins 10-2 in a charity match for the King’s Jubilee trust fund

Football League 10, Irish and Welsh 2

What’s in a name? A great deal in football, it seems. A regrettably thin crowd went to Goodison Park, Liverpool, on Saturday to see two fine teams play a most entertaining match for the King’s Jubilee Trust Fund. Had these teams been labelled “Liverpool” and “Everton” and the match been called “F.A. Cup, sixth-round tie,” the ground would hardly have held the people eager to see it.

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Everton hope to tempt Ronald Koeman with lure of record transfer budget

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• Roberto Martínez fired after three seasons in the job
• Blues draw up a working shortlist of Dutchmen

Everton want Ronald Koeman to succeed Roberto Martínez and hope to lure the Southampton coach with the promise of the biggest transfer budget in their history.

Farhad Moshiri, Everton’s new major shareholder, sacked Martínez on Thursday and has earmarked Southampton’s manager as his preferred replacement. The British-Iranian billionaire faces a challenge to prise the 53-year-old from St Mary’s, however, even with Koeman yet to commit to a new contract and having just over 12 months remaining on his deal.

Related: Roberto Martínez sacked by Everton after disappointing season

Related: Everton put Roberto Martínez out of his agony amid the Wigan parallels | Paul Wilson

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Everton prepare to lure Ronald Koeman with lure of record transfer budget

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• Roberto Martínez fired after three seasons in the job
• Blues draw up a working shortlist of Dutchmen

Everton want Ronald Koeman to succeed Roberto Martínez and hope to lure the Southampton coach with the promise of the biggest transfer budget in their history.

Farhad Moshiri, Everton’s new major shareholder, sacked Martínez on Thursday and has earmarked Southampton’s manager as his preferred replacement. The British-Iranian billionaire faces a challenge to prise the 53-year-old from St Mary’s, however, even with Koeman yet to commit to a new contract and having just over 12 months remaining on his deal.

Related: Roberto Martínez sacked by Everton after disappointing season

Related: Everton put Roberto Martínez out of his agony amid the Wigan parallels | Paul Wilson

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Everton put Roberto Martínez out of his agony amid the Wigan parallels | Paul Wilson

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Despite a successful first season at Goodison, the Spaniard’s tactical failings gradually alienated Everton fans and by the end of his three-year reign he appeared to lose the dressing room too

Roberto Martínez cut such a lonely and despondent figure in the television interview studio following the 3-0 defeat at Sunderland on Wednesday night it is no surprise Everton have released him early and spared him the ignominy of facing scornful home supporters in the final game of the season against Norwich on Sunday.

The manager lost the fans some time ago and judging by the last couple of abject performances, lost the dressing room, too. The match at Sunderland, the second time in a week that Everton had provided only token resistance to opponents writing their own headlines, came three years to the day since Martínez’s greatest triumph, the FA Cup win with Wigan Athletic that brought him to the Merseyside club’s attention.

Related: Sunderland safe after Lamine Koné double sinks crumbling Everton

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Roberto Martínez sacked by Everton after disappointing season

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• Spaniard spared indignity of further fans’ protests
• Martínez had three years left on his contract

Roberto Martínez has been sacked by Everton and the club will formally announce the manager’s departure once compensation terms are agreed.

Everton’s new major shareholder, Farhad Moshiri, decided to end Martínez’s three-year tenure following talks with the Goodison Park hierarchy on Thursday and has begun the search for a successor.

Related: Frank de Boer to leave Ajax after agent says Dutchman would love Everton job

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