Koeman Sacked!

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This afternoon Everton confirmed that Ronald Koeman had left his post.  A statement released just after lunchtime read:

“Everton Football Club can confirm that Ronald Koeman has left the Club.

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.”

It brings an end to 16 frustrating months at the club.  I’m not sure many would’ve predicted the fall from grace that Koeman has endured, however something hasn’t been right at the club since around March time.

The run since the start of the season has been awful as well as his incapacity to find a balanced side.  His philosophy or lack of it was baffling, no one ever knew how we would set up to play and nobody could explain how he wanted us to play.

He was brought in after Martinez as a steady pair of hands to lead us into this exciting new chapter.  Unfortunately it was an appointment that promised so much but offered very little.

David Unsworth and John Ebbrell will take charge of the Chelsea game midweek, with the board now pressed with looking for a successor to Koeman.

Come on you Blues!

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The Nightmare Continues….

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Another game, another poor performance and lets not beat about the bush another poor result.  We had a nightmare run against the top sides at the beginning of the season and wanted to give the manager the rub of the green to see what would happen when we’d come through the other side of those fixtures.  However let’s be honest, we are in a worse position now than we were 3 to 4 weeks ago!

At the early part of the season we all gave the manager the benefit of the doubt, we brought in a host of new players that needed integrating into the squad and when fixtures come thick and fast it’s hard to do so.  Two months into the season though we look like we are still in preseason…  Players look unfit and lack any cutting edge in their decision making, some being asked to play out of position, resulting in the team having absolutely no balance in the side.  Play your best players in their best positions Ronald!

He just doesn’t get it, I’m not sure he ever did… Football is such a simple game and he’s making it look so complicated.  Play with pace, play with width and stop playing two holding midfielders.  Gueye and Schneiderlin are both not good enough to dictate the play from midfield.  DCL, Rooney and Sigurdsson are all being shoehorned into the same team.  Rooney today was woefully off the pace of the game; Pickford had more touches with his feet first half than Rooney managed.  DCL was playing wide left; he’s never a winger in a month of Sundays.  People will moan and no doubt disagree but a fit Ross Barkley walks straight into that side.  We are screaming for someone in midfield to be able to put their foot on the ball and dictate the pace of the game.  Currently it’s walking pace stuff boys.

Koeman currently is under massive pressure but I don’t blame him entirely.  Yes the has been able to spend more money than any other Everton manager; however I don’t truly believe all the players brought in were of his choosing.  No way had he wanted Klassen, Sigurdsson and Rooney.  They are all too similar and I’m guessing at a push he’d had wanted one or two of them.  The fact the board allowed Lukaku to be sold and no recognised striker was brought in was nothing to do with the manager.  Those off the field decisions are having a massive impact on the field, as we all predicted.

We still have a good squad, but I feel the manager isn’t utilising it correctly.  Three massive games in the space of a week that could tell us where the season is heading, currently we’re heading for a relegation dog fight, out of Europe before Christmas and out the League Cup by October.  Remember Ronald our motto is the standard we expect.  Over to you….!

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Gylfi Finally Sigs On The Dotted Line!

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After one of the worlds most drawn out transfers the club finally announced the signing of Gylfi Sigurdsson.

The Icelandic midfielder joins from Swansea in a club record deal worth in the region of £45 million.

The 27-year-old midfielder is Everton’s eighth new signing of the summer and, after penning a contract until the end of June 2022, has been hailed as one of the Premier League’s best players by his new manager Ronald Koeman.

The 6ft 1in Iceland international spent the past three seasons with Swansea and was directly involved in 21 Premier League goals last term. He also covered the greatest distance covered by any top-flight player during the season – 433 kilometres – and has been directly involved in 53 league goals since the start of 2014/15 – second only as a midfielder to Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen.

“Hopefully I will continue to create goals and score goals for the team and contribute to the kind of success we’re seeking at the Club.

This is an ambitious club and it is clear we are moving in a really good direction. The most important thing is that this team keeps winning games and climbing the table – and does that throughout the season.

For myself, I would like to score as many goals as possible and create as many goals for my teammates as I can. These are my targets.  But it is always the same thing: as long as the team is winning I will be more than happy.”

It will be interesting to see where Koeman sees Sigurdsson’s best position, what with the signings of Klassen and Rooney both occupy similar positions.

One thing is for sure, its a huge week for the Blues and its started with a real coup and sign of ambition by the board who continues to support Koeman in the transfer window.

Come on you blues!