Ronald Koeman has been sacked less than 24 hours after Everton suffered a 5-2 home defeat to Arsenal, leaving them in the Premier League relegation zone with just 8 points.
Just a few hours after Sunday’s game, Koeman spoke of his belief in his ability to change the situation, but after sitting in 18th place of the PL table and having only won two of their nine league games so far this season, he was swiftly given his marching orders.
The 54 year-old Dutchman who guided Everton to seventh place during his first season with the club after joining from Southampton, turned up for training Monday morning as the squad prepare to take on Chelsea in Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup game.
But chairman Bill Kenwright and chief executive Robert Elstone arrived at Finch Farm training ground unexpectedly and shortly after the announcement of Koeman’s dismal was made.
The club had a record spending this summer, spending almost £150 million in the hope of breaking the Blues into the top four, but the poor start has left them in the bottom three with just Bournemouth and Crystal Palace below them.
Romelu Lukaku’s £90m departure for Manchester United and the failure to adequately replace the Belgium international has had a major impact on Everton’s form, as well as the summer’s acquisitions struggling to have an impact, with the exception of the £30m goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and Wayne Rooney.
A statement simply said: “Everton can confirm that Ronald Koeman has left the club. Bill Kenwright, the board of directors and Farhad Moshiri would all like to express their gratitude to Ronald for the service he has given over the past 16 months and for guiding the club to seventh place in last season’s Premier League campaign.”
David Unsworth, the under-23s coach, is likely to take charge of the Carabao Cup tie at Chelsea on Wednesday.