Everton striker, Oumar Niasse says he feels bad for sacked manager, Ronald Koeman, despite their poor relationship.
The Everton striker was frozen out after Koeman took over from Martinez, and was relegated to the youth team upon his return from loan.
However, after a poor run of games for Everton, the Dutchman was sacked and Niasse is pleased with how he was reacclimatised with the squad.
“I feel sorry for him [Koeman], what happened to him when the club got rid of him,” Niasse told Sky Sports.
“Honestly, they were ready to let me go.
“I was ready also to go because I knew that it would be a difficult season if I stayed here but at the end I didn’t go.
“I said thank you to him because he could have said ‘no, you are staying with the U23s’ but when I came back he brought me back to the team.
“That has allowed me to be here today.”