Everton fans were left drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern once again over the weekend after seeing their side’s wretched run of form continue.
The Toffees headed into Sunday’s clash with Sean Dyche’s Burnley having only mustered a 2-2 draw with Cypriot side Apollon Limassol in the Europa League three days earlier, although they did win their preceding Premier League encounter against AFC Bournemouth.
Nonetheless, Ronald Koeman’s men suffered a fourth defeat of the campaign as Jeff Hendrick’s first half strike was enough to seal a second away win of the season for the Clarets, moving them up to the dizzy heights of sixth in the division.
And the hosts were met by a chorus of boos from supporters at the end to underline their disappointment at the situation, and a recent report from The Sun suggests that a major change could be on the horizon at Goodison Park.
And that’s because they report that Dutchman Koeman is close to losing his job following Everton’s poor start to the season, which has seen them win just twice in the Premier League so far, yet to fail to register a victory in the Europa League.
This all comes after a summer in which the former Southampton chief spent over £100 million on players, and as such expectations went up a notch that the Merseyside outfit, who finished seventh last season, may be able to challenge the top six for more European football.
However, with the club languishing in 16th place in the table, time appears to be running out for Koeman, and as such it remains to be seen whether he is in charge when Everton return to Premier League action against Brighton after the international break.
Landlord’s verdict: Everton were hugely active in the transfer window over the summer, spending over £100 million on players as well as seeing star striker Romelu Lukaku leave the club.
And their subsequent failure to adequately replace him could prove to be the downfall for manager Ronald Koeman, whose side were again booed off following their 1-0 defeat to Burnley on Sunday.
The Dutchman led the club to seventh last time round but things have not gone at all well at the start of this term, with their 16th place finish hardly indicative of the money spent during the close season.
Whether the Toffees hierarchy do indeed wield the axe during the international break remains to be seen, but what does seem clear is that Koeman’s time is running out at Goodison Park.
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