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Koeman beats Bilic to sack race

koemanEverton 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.

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8 comments on “Koeman beats Bilic to sack race

  1. I’d take him right now. We need a change. Bilic used to play for Everton so he can go there.

  2. In the words of Mr Punch “That’s the way to do it!” Everton have shown how you start to manage a crisis. Firstly, get rid of the biggest problem: the man at the top. Take a leaf out of their book, Davids, and bullett Bilic. Nothing is going to change. Why wait when his departure is inevitable? Man up and act decisively. Sack him now.

  3. Totally agree ironman.
    The truth be told our owners will do anything to weasel out of paying bilic compensation money.

  4. Everton I am sure will pay what is needed to bring in a World Class replacement, they probably had a plan even before the game, as for signing Koeman I am not sure damaged goods are the way to go, look at how Moyes career tailed off after he was booted from Utd, we need someone with a winning record if possible, I wish Sir Trev would do a stint as caretaker that would be my dream appointment, or bring PDC in as a coach on a week to week contract, it would either work or be a disaster it would certainly be interesting 🙂

  5. Ah yes, but you must understand our owners are showing their moral principles. A 3 year contract means 3 years. When we are playing to a half empty stadium next season we will be able to say our owners stuck to their principles. Won’t that be great.

    Incidentally did anybody else see the MOD stat showing distances run by each team’s players this season? Guess who was 20th. I know it is quality not quantity but I think it is all further evidence that things are not being done right.

  6. Hang on Sean. Nothing wrong with being 70….I am 67 & Wenger is 68. 🤔🤔Er…yeah maybe you have a point😀😀

  7. The owners are just delaying the obvious.There has been no progress or direction at the club for over 12 months now.All this does is carry on the agony for fans and players alike.Maybe he gets 2 more games because they are away from the O.S.Next home game will be an absolute powder keg atmosphere which is quite apt at this time of year if Bilic is still there.Defeat and the manager and owners could all end up on a bonfire.

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