Everton supporters in the Transfer Tavern were once again left underwhelmed by their side after seeing the Toffees lose 5-2 at home to Arsenal, a result which plummeted the Merseyside outfit into the Premier League’s bottom three.
The Goodison Park tenants went into their clash with the North London giants having won just two of their opening eight league games, but made a fast start on Sunday with Wayne Rooney bagging his fourth of the campaign after just 12 minutes. However, that seemed to rile Arsene Wenger’s men as unanswered strikes from Nacho Monreal, Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette, and Aaron Ramsey gave the visitors a 4-1 lead, and although Oumar Niasse got one back for the Toffees, Alexis Sanchez had the final say with a fine fifth in the last minute.
And defeat at the hands of the Gunners brought about the end for manager Ronald Koeman, who was sacked on Monday to the delight of several of our resident Evertonians, and they are likely to be intrigued by a recent report from The Daily Express which suggests that the Toffees are seeking to beat Leicester City to Burnley boss Sean Dyche.
The 46-year-old took over at Turf Moor back in 2012 after impressing at Watford, and he has since gone from strength to strength by leading the Clarets to two Championship promotions, as well as to 16th place in the Premier League last term for the first time since the division’s rebranding back in 1992.
And the Englishman has worked wonders as well this term by guiding the Lancashire-based outfit to three victories and four draws from their opening nine league games, which currently sees Burnley sit eighth in the table, five points clear of the bottom three.
And Dyche’s sensational work at Turf Moor has reportedly attracted the attention of managerless Leicester, who fired Craig Shakespeare last week, and now Everton following their decision to part with Koeman.
Clearly, Dyche is a man in-demand, but whether Everton are indeed able to lure him away from Burnley, as well as convince him of the Toffees’ ambition as opposed to Leicester’s, very much remains to be seen.
Landlord’s verdict: Everton’s decision to part with manager Ronald Koeman was hardly much of a surprise, what with the Toffees 18th in the Premier League and not looking like improving their recent poor run of form.
As such, attentions are now turning to who could replace the Dutchman, and Burnley boss Sean Dyche has unsurprisingly been linked with the Goodison Park hotseat given his stunning work at Turf Moor, which sees the Clarets remain a Premier League club, and look more and more like establishing themselves as a top-flight side.
But Everton are a team moving into a new stadium and seemingly heading in the right direction, and although Leicester also appear to have the infrastructure and financial backing to achieve great things in the Premier League, the Toffees appear to be a better long-term option.
But whether either are enough to lure Dyche away from his sensational work at Burnley remains to be seen.
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