After a very substandard start to the 2017/18 Premier League season for Everton F.C, the man in charge; Ronald Koeman, was under extreme pressure to set things straight for the Merseyside outfit.
Koeman needed to get Everton back to where they would expect to be as soon as possible, as they drifted further and further away from expectations. After a solid start to his Evertonian career, Koeman seemed to be the right man for the job and that it was simply a poor start to the campaign.
However, after a resounding loss to Arsenal at the weekend, Koeman’s time at Everton was up as the big Dutchman was sacked following their 5-2 defeat on Sunday.
This may come across as a bit of a shock due to only enrolling at Everton for last season and making it a very respectable debut one at that, for the blues of Merseyside. There is also still plenty of time to turn things around with nothing at this early stage of the season being determined yet. But with the likes of De Boer and Shakespeare having already departed Crystal Palace and Leicester City respectively, Koeman needed the results he just could not inspire his players to achieve, to stay in the job.
Koeman has said he is disappointed with the dismissal but with Everton finishing the weekend in the dreaded relegation zone, it may be a justified choice for one of the top flights supposedly stronger teams.
The question on every Evertonian’s mind is of course who the next appointment will be. It doesn’t so far seem all doom and gloom for Everton fans though as there are some strong contestants for the new job that may spark some inspiration at Goodison Park and begin to elevate Everton out the bottom three.
Past players such as current U23’s manager David Unsworth and even Phil Neville are in the running for the hot seat. Former manager David Moyes has also been given a mention after performing so well at the club over a number of years. Burnley manager Sean Dyche is among the favourites and as when any team is facing the drop down the leagues, Sam Allardyce is mentioned as a very secure option. There are also bigger managerial names that Everton fans may be dreaming of such as Carlo Ancelotti, who has recently departed Bayern Munich.
Whilst Everton are currently in hot water in the relegation zone and not currently having a manager, times need to change as soon as possible. However, a new manager could inspire the players and ignite some more passion amongst fans, rocketing Everton up the league to once again be a force to be reckoned with in the Premier League.
Written by Sam Brazier.