Back in June 2016, Everton confirmed the appointment of Ronald Koeman as the club’s new manager following the departure of Roberto Martinez earlier that year.
The Toffees had endured a testing campaign under the now-Belgium boss in 2015/16 in finishing in 11th place in the Premier League table, to the point that the club’s hierarchy actually relieved him of his duties one game before the end of the season.
And Southampton chief Koeman was the man they turned to a few months later, which was an arrival that stimulated quite an excited and positive reaction from Evertonians on Twitter…
— Ssege Alves (@ssege_alves) June 14, 2016
— Everton Malaysia (@MyToffees) June 14, 2016
Great appointment. Would be interesting to see what Koeman can do managing a more stable side.
— Stuart (@Stu278) June 14, 2016
YESSSSS!!!! Didn’t see this one coming!
— Dan (@WhatAGueye) June 14, 2016
Made my day
— EFC (@EFC_Centre) June 14, 2016
Took your time lads, but absolutely made up its now official! Now to building a successful team!! #COYB
— Mark Singer (@msinger_7) June 14, 2016
— Elliot Mans (@elliotmans) June 14, 2016
absolutely delighted with this!
— Jim Mošić non professional minority fan (@JMoran1982) June 14, 2016
And while those fans would have likely been pleased with how things began under the Dutchman, looking back at those tweets now, given the 55-year-old lost his job after a woeful start to last season, will surely be the source of huge frustration among those supporters.
The now-Netherlands boss had done an excellent job at Southampton in the two seasons prior to his move to Goodison Park, twice leading the Saints to the top half of the Premier League despite often selling their best players during the summer transfer windows.
As such, it’s not overly surprising that Everton fans lauded his appointment as manager back in June 2016, and his first season in charge was a reasonably good one as well given Koeman led the Toffees to a seventh place finish in the Premier League table, a campaign which included memorable victories over Arsenal and Manchester City at Goodison Park.
Thus, many felt that the Dutchman was indeed the man to take the club forward and potentially challenge the top six in the years to come, and an investment to the tune of over £100 million that summer gave those supporters even greater belief – yet things turned sour very quickly indeed.
Koeman’s men made a sloppy start to the 2017/18 season and found themselves in the bottom three following their 5-2 defeat to Arsenal on October 22, thus prompting the Toffees hierarchy to sack the Dutchman 24 hours later.
Much criticism has been levelled at Koeman since then in failing to replace striker Romelu Lukaku that summer alongside seemingly signing three players in Gylfi Sigurdsson, Wayne Rooney, and Davy Klaassen for the same position, with many Everton fans really getting fed up with the Dutchman’s tactics and team selections in the latter stages of his reign.
Thus, while those fans may well have been happy with his first season at Goodison Park, they would have likely been hoping for a much longer and more prosperous time under the Dutchman.
And that is why those arrival tweets will surely come as a source of huge frustration to those Everton supporters, with how good they thought it was going to be not panning out that way at all.
Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!