Everton sack Ronald Koeman after woeful start to Premier League 2017-18 season
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Everton sack Ronald Koeman after woeful start to Premier League 2017-18 season

Everton have sacked manager Ronald Koeman after they dropped into the relegation zone following Sunday’s 5-2 home defeat by Arsenal.

football Updated: Oct 23, 2017 18:37 IST
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Ronald Koeman was sacked by Everton after their terrible start to the Premier League season.(AFP)

Ronald Koeman became the third Premier League managerial casualty of the season on Monday when he was sacked by Everton.

The 54-year-old Dutchman -- who guided Everton to seventh in his first season in charge last term -- paid the price for a desperate start to the campaign despite having spent £140million ($185mn) in the close season.

Sunday’s 5-2 humbling at home to Arsenal which saw them drop into the bottom three sealed his fate and despite taking training on Monday he received a visit from club chairman Bill Kenwright.

“Everton Football Club can confirm that Ronald Koeman has left the Club,” read the Everton statement.

“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.”

Koeman, who arrived at Goodison Park after a successful spell in charge of Southampton, splashed the money on the likes of Icelandic international Gylfi Sigurdsson in the summer.

However, despite also persuading former golden boy Wayne Rooney to return from Manchester United he crucially failed to replace record goalscorer Romelu Lukaku with Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud declining the chance to join them.

Koeman joins compatriot Frank de Boer -- sacked by Crystal Palace after just four Premier League games -- and Craig Shakespeare dismissed by Leicester last week as top level managers to have departed this season.

READ | Arsenal send Everton into Premier League drop zone with 5-2 defeat

Koeman was backed heavily during the transfer window, as Everton spent a reported £142million on new players.

But the Merseyside club have flattered to deceive despite showing some early signs of promise, with the Toffees winning just once in the league since drawing 1-1 at Manchester City in their second game of the season.

They showed some fight when rescuing a late draw at Brighton and Hove Albion on October 15, but the result did little to paper over their failings.

That draw was then followed by a 2-1 defeat at home to Lyon in the Europa League, with the club guilty of another abject performance, leaving them bottom of Group E with just a single point from three matches.

And Sunday’s result proved to be the final straw for Koeman, who departs just over 16 months after leaving Southampton for Goodison Park.

First Published: Oct 23, 2017 18:37 IST