Everton Football Club have relieved manager, Ronald Koeman, of his duty as manager of the club after a 5-2 home defeat by Arsenal.
The Toffees have only won two games in the Premier League this season, and currently lie 18th on the PL table.
In a statement on their official website, the club, while confirming the sack, thanked the Dutchman for all he had done for the club.
“Everton Football Club can confirm that Ronald Koeman has left the Club,” the statement 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.”
Despite spending over £120million last summer on new players, Koeman has seen his side struggle to repeat last season performance which saw the Toffees finish seventh in his first season at the club.
The Merseyside team weren’t just struggling in the league, but in Europe as well, having lost two games and drawn one, leaving them on a point in their group in the Europa League.
However, Koeman remained optimistic and confident of turning the club’s fortunes around.
“I still believe I can change the whole situation,” Koeman said at the weekend.
However, according to a report by the BBC, Koeman resumed his normal duties on Monday, after arriving to for training ahead of Everton’s midweek tie against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup before the arrival of club chairman, Bill Kenwright and chief executive Robert Elstone, who later confirmed his sack.
Thus, the 54-year-old became the third managerial casualty in the PL, after fellow Dutchman, Frank De Boer and Englishman, Craig Shakespeare, who were sacked by Crystal Palace and Leicester City respectively.