Dutchman Ronald Koeman has been relieved of his duties at Everton after the team’s horrific start to the 2017/18 Premier League campaign which has so far seen the side win only two of the nine league matches played in the season.
Koeman’s goose was cooked in the insipid performance against Arsenal on Sunday 22 October, which saw the Toffees give away an early lead to lose 5 – 2.
The poor run in the season is also reflected in Europe where the Merseyside club has managed just a point from three matches in Group E of the Europa League.
All this is despite the club being among the heavy spenders in the transfer window leading into the season, sinking £140m in new acquisitions, including the capture of legendary Wayne Rooney from Manchester United.
Koeman joined Everton in the 2016/17 season and had a good start, guiding the team to a seventh placed finish. He could not replicate that and after nine matches the team is 18th on the 20 – team log.
A statement said the club "would like to express their gratitude to Ronald for the service he has given to the club over the past 16 months,” ending a stint that started on a high after he joined from Southampton.
Koeman appeared to have lost the faith of the fans after they started trooping off even before the end of the Arsenal game and his players didn’t show much fighting spirit especially after Idrissa Gueye was sent off with over 20 minutes remaining.
Koeman is the third manager to be sacked in the current season after Frank de Boer at Crystal Palace and Craig Shakespeare at Leicester City.