Ronald Koeman finally got sacked after their 5-2 defeat against Arenal on Sunday. Koeman was still training his squad on Monday morning got his immediate dismissal after he was called for a meeting with chairman Bill Kenwright.
Koeman spent £140 million in the summer to sign specific players who he thought would bring a great difference to his team. However, this just added pressure to the Dutchman as the Toffees only produced poor results.
There was also a growing concern about the team’s somehow dysfunctional nature and their lack of cohesion, which only made them win 2 games out of their 13 matches.
“Everton Football Club can confirm that Ronald Koeman has left the Club,” a statement on Monday afternoon read.
“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.”
Former England defender Michael Ball who also played under Koeman at PSV Eindhoven said that his management style was problematic.
“When results go bad he doesn’t seem to know how to improve and lift players,” Ball told BBC Sport.
“Ronald is great when things are going well. He’s very blunt and painfully honest sometimes, but when you’re getting results it’s OK.
“When things aren’t going well he struggles with his mannerisms. You never get a pat on the back – some players rise to that treatment and others, rightly or wrongly, can’t deal with it.”
Ball also mentioned that it is not just Koeman who did wrong especially after selling Romelu Lukaku without a replacement. “The board need to hold their hand up for those failures too,” he said.
David Unsworth steps in as the interim caretaker of the squad until the end of the season.