Everton have sacked their manager Ronald Koeman following the club’s 2-5 demolition at hands of Arsenal over the weekend.
Koeman joined Everton last year, signing a three-year contract with the Toffees and helped Everton in qualifying for the Europa League with his side finishing the previous campaign sitting seventh on the log. With some massive transfer activities, a lot was expected from Everton and they did start their new season by defeating Stoke at home, but that remained their only positive highlight so far.
Everton are also relishing in the Europa League and have only won just one out of three games.
Koeman bought Gylfi Sigurdsson, Wayne Rooney, record-signing Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane and spent £150million over the summer, yet failed to match the club’s expectation. Everton, on their part, released an official statement which read, “Everton Football Club can confirm that Ronald Koeman has left the Club.
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“Chairman Bill Kenwright, the Board of Directors and Major Shareholder Farhad Moshiri would all like to express their gratitude to Ronald for the service he has given to the Club over the past 16 months and for guiding the Club to seventh place in last season’s Premier League campaign.”
Everton are struggling 18th in the log right now and recently saw Arsenal overpowering them at the Goodison. Speaking after the game, Koeman had said, “I mentioned that before, it is normal, the team is under-performing, the team is in a difficult situation, mentally, confidence, we are struggling and it’s what we need to change.
“This position in the table is not good enough for Everton. I understand that, I have been managing for a long time. But I don’t think it is too late.”
Koeman has become the third Premier League manager to get sacked this season, following the departure of Frank de Boer from Crystal Palace and Craig Shakespeare from Leicester City.
Everton now face Chelsea in the Round of 16 of the Carabao Cup, followed by a trip to King Power on Sunday to lock horns with Leicester City. The Daily Mirror yesterday quoted that David Moyes has been lined up as the potential replacement of the Dutch. Moyes spent 11 years at Goodison Park before moving to Manchester United in 2013.
The Daily Telegraph, however, have claimed that Everton are considering making a move for Burnley’s Sean Dyche. Dyche is already been linked with Leicester City, yet a formal approach from any of the clubs is yet to be made. Everton haven’t mentioned who will in charge in the meantime, yet there is a belief that their former player David Unsworth, who is right now managing club’s U-23 side, will step up until a new manager is appointed.