Ronald Koeman has paid the price for a poor start to the season, as Everton have decided to sack him following a 5-2 loss against Arsenal during the weekend. The result saw Everton drop into the bottom three for the first time this season. The departure does not come as a major surprise, as the future of Koeman has been in speculation for quite a while. After having spent a substantial sum of money and having brought in star players like Wayne Rooney, Everton were expected to kick on from last season.
Koeman had managed a decent seventh place finish, but taking 25-goal hero Romelu Lukaku out of the team appears to have been the key factor. Everton have struggled throughout the season and have only managed to take eight points from nine matches this season. The team has managed two wins and has suffered five defeats already. Just after the heavy loss against Arsenal, Koeman claimed that he was still confident of turning around the situation.
Everton will have under-23 coach David Unsworth in charge of the team for the match against Chelsea in the League Cup. This match is unlikely to be a key factor for the Everton team, as all eyes will be on the away match against Leicester City during the weekend. More bad results in the league could be a disaster for Everton, especially in their attempts to attract top players at least in January or in the coming summer. Koeman spent big in the market as he reinvested most of the money from the Romelu Lukaku sale to Manchester United.
Michael Keane, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Jordan Pickford, Wayne Rooney, and Davy Klaassen are all the major signings for the club, but it has so far been a muted start to the campaign. Koeman came to English football in 2014 with Southampton and spent two years with the club before being appointed as Everton boss in the summer of 2016.