Has Ronald Koeman taken charge of his final Everton game?
Everton go to Chelsea in the EFL Cup fourth round on Wednesday night but will Ronald Koeman be the manager taking the Merseyside club to Stamford Bridge?
The Toffees were hammered 2-5 at home by Arsenal earlier today and if the margin was greater it wouldn’t have been undeserved.
Despite Wayne Rooney giving the home side a 12th-minute lead against the run of play and Koeman’s side going into the break at 1-1, Everton were completely outplayed throughout the game.
The Merseyside club end the weekend in the relegation zone and winless in their last five games in all competitions since their late come-from-behind win at home to Bournemouth – their only Premier League win since the scrappy opening day 1-0 win over Stoke City.
Everton had finished in a comfortable 7th place in the Premier League last season – seven points behind Manchester United directly above them and 15 ahead of Southampton who finished 8th.
The sale of Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United was always going to have a negative impact but Koeman didn’t do the best of jobs in replacing him. Wayne Rooney wasn’t at his best for United last season and didn’t look capable of being a 20+ goal striker, despite doing as well as he has to start this season.
Sandro Ramírez was considered a bargain but it was very young and raw. He’s not looked like a goalscorer in a Premier League in his early days. Oumar Niasse wasn’t even in Koeman’s plans at the start of the season but since winning his way back into the Dutch manager’s plans he scored his third Premier League goal of the season today.
Defensively, only Stoke City (20) and Crystal Palace (19) have conceded more than Everton’s 18 through nine games this season. And that could have been a few more but for some good saves from Jordan Pickford. Koeman has moved to a back three this season where Ashley Williams has looked slow and shocking at the heart of it.
Koeman’s post-match interview after today’s heavy loss to Arsenal sounded like a desperate man and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he’s dismissed either before Wednesday’s EFL Cup tie or afterwards if they are eliminated. Everton are at Leicester City next weekend who themselves only recently dismissed manager Craig Shakespeare and had MIchael Appleton in charge in their win over Swansea City yesterday.
What’s next for Everton? No surprise that David Moyes is linked to the club but his reputation has gone downhill since leaving Goodison Park the first time around. Failing at Manchester United, Real Sociedad and Sunderland wouldn’t make Moyes the most popular choice.
Carlo Ancelotti would be a stretch given the clubs he has managed but the Premier League does have money to attract the best managers around – I just don’t see Everton being a big enough attraction for the former-Chelsea boss. Coaches Duncan Ferguson and David Unsworth are inexperienced but if they have the tactical knowledge there wouldn’t be any harm in giving either the job.
Roberto Mancini and Sam Allardyce have both recently turned down speculation linking them to Leicester City so I’ll presume they won’t want to go to Goodison Park either.
Both Sean Dyche and Chris Coleman could be considered.
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