As expected, Everton handed Ronald Koeman his P45 on Monday afternoon after yet another embarrassing defeat at the weekend – this time a 5-2 home thrashing at the hands of Arsenal.
After what had initially looked like a good summer of business, where over £140m was spent on reinforcements, the Toffees have been absolutely woeful inside the opening stages of the 17/18 Premier League campaign and now find themselves in the bottom three after just nine games.
Koeman has paid the price that and will rue a number of his decisions that ultimately led to his Goodison Park demise, not least his lack of man management skills and not spending that £140m more wisely.
But who is the right man to come in and lift Everton out of danger? Our writers have had their say on the matter below…
Changing managers without fixing the squad issues might well turn out to be like rearranging the deck chairs on a sinking ship at present.
The problem Everton seem to have right now is that there isn’t much a new manager could do to actually change things at the club until the January transfer window, at which point Ronald Koeman, too, would have had the chance to bolster his squad, specifically to add a pacey striker.
Summer recruitment has been such a big problem that the Toffees now have a thoroughly unbalanced squad, and although the responsibility to that ultimately lies at the Dutchman’s door, you get the feeling that between now and January, there’s not a lot any new man will be able to do.
It’s hard to see a new manger making an immediate impact.
Any club outside of the top six looking for a manager should look no further than Sean Dyche.
The ginger Mourinho has worked wonders at Burnley considering the limited finance that’s been available to him and the emergence of James Tarkowski and Nick Pope this season, two players plucked from the lower leagues and asked to slot in for vastly more experienced players in Michael Keane and Tom Heaton, is testament to how effective he is as a man-manager, a communicator and an organiser.
There are concerns over the style of football, but Dyche plays to his strengths and modifies his game-plan for certain scenarios. When Burnley need to play football on the deck they do it well and I’m sure Dyche would turn to that style more frequently if he had better technical talents at his disposal.