Everton have sacked manager Ronald Koeman after Sunday’s 5-2 home defeat by Arsenal left them in the Premier League relegation zone. 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”.
The Toffees are 18th in the Premier League and have won just two of their nine league games this season.
Koeman has become the third Premier League managerial casualty of the season after Frank de Boer left Crystal Palace and Craig Shakespeare was sacked by Leicester. The 54-year-old Dutchman guided Everton to seventh place in his first season in charge last term and spent £140m over the summer in transfer fees.
Koeman has previously managed Ajax, Benfica, Valencia, PSV, AZ and Feyenoord in Europe before coming to the Premier League.
In 2014, Koeman was announced as the replacement for Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino, signing a three-year deal with the club. In his first six Premier League games in charge of the club, Koeman managed four wins, a draw and a defeat, propelling Southampton to second place in the league standings and resulting in Koeman being named Premier League Manager of the Month for September. In January 2015, Southampton won all three of their matches, including a first win at Manchester United since 1988, and Koeman was again named Manager of the Month. He led Southampton to a seventh-place finish at the end of the season.
Koeman won his third Premier League Manager of the Month for January 2016, on the way to Southampton’s highest ever Premier League finish, sixth place, highest ever Premier League points total, 63, and qualification for the group stage of the UEFA Europa League.
In June 2016, Koeman was confirmed as manager of Everton, signing a three-year contract on £6m per year in wages. His brother was again hired as his assistant. In his first season, Koeman led Everton to qualification for the Europa League.
Surely Koeman could be high up on a list of available candidates to potentially replace Slaven Bilic.