Ronald Koeman’s reign as Everton manager ended on Monday after they suffered a 5-2 home defeat to Arsenal.
The team looked one dimensional, disorganised and unable to keep a clean sheet. This was the Merseyside team’s fifth loss in their last seven games, and the sight of a bewildered Koeman in the technical box had become a sight that Farhad Moshiri; majority shareholder, could no longer stand.
Whilst David Unsworth; ex-Everton defender, has taken over temporarily, the question is who is going to be the next boss of Everton? Whoever it may be the task at hand seems to be a total restructuring of an already new-look squad. Though the question remains, who’s up next at Goodison Park?
Taking a risk?
Everton may hire a managerial new boy as Unsworth has expressed his desire to manage the team on a permanent basis as well as facing competition from managerial novices including Ryan Giggs and Phil Neville. However, the lack of top-flight managing experience may lead to both of these candidates being overlooked. With the state of the team at the moment, hiring a manager with next to no experience seems farfetched.
Sean Dyche tops the betting odds with Thomas Tuchel just behind. Either of these managers would be welcomed by the Everton fans as their defensive set up and organisation often sees them earn praise. Whilst Tuchel may be a risk due to his lack of Premier League experience, Dyche has proved he can get results with teams that are struggling.
The Liverpool Echo ran a poll that put Carlo Ancelotti as the fans favourite to be Koeman’s successor. He is available after his recent departure from Bayern Munich and expressed a desire to manage in the Premier League once more. Yet, it does seem unlikely that he would come to a team that are struggling and have the problems that Everton have at the moment.
What do they need to change?
Whoever comes into the position they will have to quickly find a balance in the squad that Koeman seems incapable of finding. They will need to figure out where they can fit players like Rooney, Sigurdsson and Klaassen into a team as well as coping with a lack of pace and no real goal scoring striker.
Whilst these are all issues that will need to be amended perhaps the biggest problem is that recent performances suggest Everton have a lack of identity. They do not seem to be solid defensively, quick on the break or composed on the ball. The next manager will need to implement their ideas as quickly as possible.
Written by Dom Holt.