Ronald Koeman has been sacked as Everton manager, leaving with his side placed 18th in the Premier League table.
This has been their worst start to the season for 12 years and they currently find themselves in the unsettling position of the relegation zone, earning just eight points from nine games.
The end of Koeman’s tenure came after Sunday’s 5-2 defeat to Arsenal. This was a game that really typified Everton’s awful start to the season as they were completely tore apart by an impressive Arsenal.
Strong defensive stability and detailed organisation was key to their success last year. Even though Arsenal were on fine attacking form on Sunday, they were helped massively by a woeful defensive display from Everton.
Their dreadful start to the season will be all the more disappointing for the club’s board and fans considering their heavy spending in the summer. They brought in the likes of Gylfi Sigurðsson, Michael Keane and Jordan Pickford with their overall spend almost reaching £160 million.
The club’s optimism had understandably increased tenfold after the summer heading into this campaign and unfortunately their sorry start had seen Koeman’s position as manager become untenable.
Romelu Lukaku was always going to be a huge miss for Everton this season, but the impact of his departure was made worse given that they did not bring in an adequate replacement for their talisman. Lukaku scored 25 goals last term and was arguably the main factor behind their successful campaign which saw them finish 7th.
On paper at least, Everton made some very impressive signings this summer. But with the majority under performing and low on confidence they have not made the kind of impact Koeman would have liked.
Team selection has also been an issue, with Koeman naively sticking with his out of form top players and leaving out youngsters Tom Davies and Ademola Lookman who have both done very well when given the chance.
They have only scored seven goals in their opening nine league games, which has not been helped by them missing Ross Barkley through injury and Kevin Mirallas who looked to be out of favour with Koeman. Both Barkley and Mirallas were two of Everton’s most creative players last term and without them and Lukaku, they have really struggled to score the goals needed to compensate for their dire defensive record.
The early favourite to replace Koeman is the current Burnley manager Sean Dyche, who is closely followed by David Moyes and Sam Allardyce. Other names high up on the list include Carlo Ancelotti and Thomas Tuchel who have recently departed Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund respectively.
Everton should take time to choose their next manager as it is still early in the season with nothing yet decided. The next manager will inherit a side full of talent all across the pitch that under the right management, should be able to bounce back and climb up the table to where they should be challenging for the European places.