After a terrible start to the season which saw Everton drop to the relegation zone, the club sacked Ronald Koeman on the 23rd October following a horrendous 5-2 defeat to Arsenal the day before.
The Ajax legend only managed just over a season with the club before his ultimate downfall. In his first, however, the Dutchman guided the club to the Europa League places and also took them through qualification.
Following the uneasy dismissal of Roberto Martinez, Koeman restored the club to its rightful place in the league. He had done wonders at Southampton and it looked as though he would do the same at Everton.
With Romelu Lukaku up front, the Toffees had one of the best strikers in the league. Unfortunately for Koeman, it would be Lukaku who would practically end his career in Liverpool.
Lukaku announced towards the end of the season that he would not sign a new deal and he was then sold to Everton for £75 million. While Everton looked to have put together some good business with the arrivals of Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane, they failed to replace their star forward.
After a poor start to the season, here’s what the fans had to say when Koeman left the club…
There is a god after all
— Vivienne Morgan (@vm1878) 23 October 2017
Finally !! You should’ve sacked him earlier
— عامر. (@AmerAbdallah) 23 October 2017
Nice!!! He wasted money to buy players that all play the same position.
— maoxian (@_maoxian_) October 24, 2017
@blackoutblind literally jumped with joy!
— (@frozenbloo) 23 October 2017
sad when anyone loses their job, but the right call.
— Mike Appleton (@mascarandy) October 23, 2017
Oh yeah boi
— Conor (@EfcConor_) October 23, 2017
Announce Moyes pic.twitter.com/uJmZdikvyk
— Henrik (@ffsLund) October 23, 2017
With Lukaku gone, there was no true striker at the club. Wayne Rooney, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Davy Klassen all vied for the same position which in turn left Everton crying out for a true winger. Koeman had complained that his failure to sign Olivier Giroud was a huge reason as to why he was sacked but in truth, his inability to work with the squad was a huge problem.
His team was unbalanced, yes but there was still enough talent for the club not to be in the relegation zone. His poor use of Ademola Lookman summed up how Koeman had no real idea where the team was going. The former Charlton man had been superb when he arrived at the club but was completely misused by Koeman.
At the time of his arrival, he may have been the star name they needed but it seems Everton were right to dismiss the unpopular manager.