End Of The Line For Koeman
Ronald Koeman has been sacked as Everton boss.
Having insisted he was the right man to turn things around at Goodison Park, despite Sunday's humiliating loss against Arsenal, Koeman, mentioned in connection with both Barcelona and Holland in recent months, was shown the door this afternoon.
Koeman, who had been backed by Farhad Moshiri following the defeat against Burnley, which were followed up by a draw at Brighton then a Europa League loss against Lyon before the 5-2 demolition against Arsenal, has paid the price for winning just twice in nine Premier League games after being backed to the tune of £140m in the summer.
A statement on the Official Website read: 'Everton Football Club can confirm that Ronald Koeman has left the Club.
'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 campaign.'
Initially it was thought Koeman, 54, would remain in charge for the League Cup meeting against Chelsea this midweek but the board has decided to act and have parted company with him immediately.
The Dutchman hasn't ever hidden his desire to one day return to Barcelona and his lack of affinity with the Blues had often gone against him. However, his way has worked in the past but time isn't something afforded to many and there weren't too many signs Koeman would turn things around - the board weren't prepared to fine out.