Everton confirm they have sacked manager Ronald Koeman after Sunday’s 5-2 defeat to Arsenal left them in the relegation zone. The Toffees are 18th in the Premier League table with eight points from a possible 27, having gone three games without a win.
“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,” read the club statement.
Everton’s poor start to the season (Premier League)
- 12/8/17: Everton 1-0 Stoke City
- 21/8/17: Manchester City 1-1 Everton
- 27/8/17: Chelsea 2-0 Everton
- 9/9/17: Everton 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur
- 17/9/17: Manchester United 4-0 Everton
- 23/9/17: Everton 2-1 Bournemouth
- 1/10/17: Everton 0-1 Burnley
- 15/10/17: Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Everton
- 22/10/17: Everton 2-5 Arsenal
Koeman’s exit comes six days after Leicester sacked Craig Shakespeare and is the third Premier League managerial departure of the season.
The Dutchman led Everton to seventh in his debut campaign at Goodison Park, but after strengthening heavily in the summer transfer market, there were big expectations this season.
Everton spent big on players such as Gylfi Sigurdsson (£45m from Swansea City), Jordan Pickford (£25m from Sunderland), Michael Keane (£25m from Burnley) and Davy Klaassen (£23.6m from Ajax) but struggled for form this season.
David Unsworth will take caretaker charge until a replacement is appointed.