We haven’t even reached November just yet and we’ve already seen three managerial casualties in the Premier League, Ronald Koeman representing the most-high profile after Everton decided to pull the plug on his troubled tenure earlier this week.
The Dutchman guided the Merseysiders to a much-improved seventh place last season. But a summer of unprecedented spending at Goodison Park has only exacerbated the worrying start to the current campaign, Everton plummeting all the way into the relegation zone with just eight points earned from nine outings.
But Liverpool legend John Barnes, speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, has revealed he was disappointed not to see Koeman be given more time. The Bonus Code Bets ambassador said; “If he’d won a few more games he’d probably be safe. But we’ve seen it already this season with Craig Shakespeare at Leicester and the other Dutch manager in the league, Ronald de Boer. This is Premier League football, this is what happens; I always feel managers should be given more time but obviously this is modern day football, so we have to get on with it.”
And Barnes sees the failure to sign a replacement for Romelu Lukaku during the summer as Everton’s ultimate mistake under Koeman; “Everton should have replaced Romelu Lukaku. If you look at Wayne Rooney and Gylfi Sigurdsson, if they had a top striker playing in front of them who can create space and score goals then Everton would be a top team. They play decent football, but they really don’t have any cutting edge up front. Asking Dominic Calvert-Lewin to carry that mantle as a young boy is a bit much so I think that Everton have fallen away just for the fact that they didn’t replace Lukaku. I think if they’d done that they’d be in a much better position.”
With an imbalanced squad and valuable points already dropped, the Everton board have a huge decision to make in regards to the next manager – it will have to be the perfect appointment to turn their lacklustre campaign around. The former England international believes ex-gaffer David Moyes would be a wise choice, but doesn’t see why David Unsworth shouldn’t get a chance to prove himself.
He told Football FanCast; “Well, David Moyes knows Everton and Everton know him. The fans are like that and he knows the club inside out – I think that would be the best decision. But David Unsworth obviously wants the job. He’s done good work with the U23s and the players like him so we could see a situation where gets the job and they give him six months. So I think Moyes possibly, but I don’t see why they wouldn’t give the job to Unsworth – he knows the players, he knows the team.”