Everton supporters in the Transfer Tavern were again left to bemoan a woeful performance from their side in the Toffees’ draw with Brighton on Sunday, a result which leaves the Merseyside outfit just above the Premier League’s bottom three.
Ronald Koeman’s side went into their clash with the Seagulls having won just two of their opening seven league games, and they looked set to suffer a fourth defeat of the campaign and fourth successive on the road when Anthony Knockaert gave Chris Hughton’s men the lead after 82 minutes. However, the Toffees hit back to the delight of our resident Evertonians, with Wayne Rooney netting his third of the campaign from the penalty spot to preserve a point for the Merseyside club, albeit fail to lift much pressure off the shoulders of boss Koeman.
And that’s because recent odds from Sky Bet suggest that the Dutchman is now the heavy favourite for the sack in the Premier League, ahead of the likes of West Ham’s Slaven Bilic, Leicester City’s Craig Shakespeare, and Southampton’s Mauricio Pellegrino.
The former Saints chief has overseen a poor start to the season at Everton, this all after finishing seventh last term, and spending in excess of £100 million over the summer in a bid to bridge the gap between themselves and the top six.
But just two Premier League wins and none so far in their Europa League group stage campaign leaves Koeman the 4/11 favourite to be the next manager to leave a top-flight side, comfortably ahead of second favourite Bilic at 4/1.
Shakespeare is at 7/1 and Pellegrino is at 10/1 following sluggish starts from their respective sides, but it’s clearly Koeman who is under the most pressure of any top tier manager at present, but it remains to be seen whether the Everton hierarchy do indeed make a change sooner rather than later.
Landlord’s verdict: Having finished seventh last season and spent over £100 million during the summer, expectations were reasonably high at Everton that they could indeed compete with the top six in the Premier League this season.
Yet a lowly 16th place position and just five goals scored so far indicates a whole host of problems for manager Ronald Koeman, so it’s hardly surprising to see that he is the heavy odds-on favourite to be the next Premier League manager to lose his job.
At 4/11, it seems inevitable that the Dutchman will leave Everton in the coming weeks and months – it’s up to him to prove that he is the right man for the job, and that only comes with results on the pitch, starting against Lyon on Thursday.
Everton fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!