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Everton sack Ronald Koeman as manager after 16 months in charge

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Ronald Koeman has been sacked as manager of Everton.

The Merseyside club confirmed the Dutchman's departure on Monday afternoon.

Koeman took charge of the Toffees in July 2016 and led the club to a seventh place finish in the Premier League in his first season at the helm, resulting in Europa League qualification.

He spent more than £150million on signings in the summer and there was much optimism around Goodison Park ahead of the new campaign.

But a number of the new arrivals have failed to impress and Everton have picked up just two wins from nine Premier League games, while they have also endured a miserable start to Europa League group stage.

Supporters appeared to have lost faith in the Dutchman and, following Sunday's 5-2 defeat at Arsenal, majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri and the club's board decided a managerial change is needed.

"Everton Football Club can confirm that Ronald Koeman has left the Club," read a statement from Everton.

"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."

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