Everton manager Roberto Martínez has today issued an apology to supporters after inadvertently pressing the wrong button on his laptop and releasing the Toffeemen’s entire first team squad.

The 41-year-old had intended to only let a few fringe players depart, but pressed ‘Select All’ on his menu bar without realising, meaning that Everton now enter the new season possessing only new signings Tom Cleverley and Gerard Deulofeu.

Speaking on the club’s website, Martínez said: ‘I can only say sorry, a million times sorry. It was not my intention to let quality players such as Leighton Baines, Séamus Coleman and Romelu Lukaku go, especially for nothing. All I can say is that I’ll try my best to get back as many of them as possible, and hopefully we’ll still be able to stay up next year’.

Following this news, midfielder Abou Diaby claimed that Arsenal had made the same mistake over his release, but the Gunners have insisted that, no, they knew what they were doing, and that he would not be returning to the Emirates Stadium under any circumstances.