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Tuesday 24th
posted by Morning Star in Sport

RONALD KOEMAN was sacked yesterday as Everton manager.

The Toffees sit third from bottom in the Premier League after winning just two of their opening nine league games and the Dutchman has paid the price.

A club statement expressed “gratitude to Ronald for the service he has given to the club over the past 16 months.”

Koeman led the club to a seventh-placed finish last season, his only full campaign at the helm after arriving from Southampton, but has had a torrid time of late.

Two home defeats in four days, 2-1 to Lyon in the Europa League and 5-2 against Arsenal on Sunday, and the chorus of boos that followed each time proved the end of the line for 54-year-old.

The departure of Romelu Lukaku, who joined Manchester United for £75 million in the summer, left the Toffees light up front but Everton’s use of those funds has been questioned.

Gylfi Sigurdsson and Davy Klaassen cost almost £70m between them and Wayne Rooney was brought back from Old Trafford on a high-profile free transfer but Lukaku was never adequately replaced.

A further £55m was spent on goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and defender Michael Keane, yet the Toffees have conceded 18 goals in nine league games and only rock-bottom Crystal Palace have a worse goal difference.

Koeman reported for training at the club’s Finch Farm facility yesterday morning, with preparations for tomorrow’s League Cup game at Chelsea seemingly under way.

But chairman Bill Kenwright and chief executive Robert Elstone were later reported arriving on site unexpectedly and Koeman’s dismissal was confirmed soon after.

He becomes the third top-flight boss this season to lose their job, following Frank de Boer at Palace and Craig Shakespeare at Leicester.