Everton supporters in the Transfer Tavern were far from happy with Ronald Koeman and his side after their 1-0 defeat to Burnley on Sunday.
The Merseyside outfit had three days earlier only mustered a 2-2 draw at home to Cypriot side Apollon Limassol to remain winless in the group stages of the Europa League, and they were unable to record a third Premier League victory of the campaign against Sean Dyche’s Clarets either.
Jeff Hendrick’s first half effort was enough to secure the visitors a deserved 1-0 win at Goodison Park, and thus further increase the pressure on Everton boss Koeman, and the Dutchman is probably not going to be too thrilled by a recent report in The Sun.
And that’s because they report that the Toffees hierarchy are lining up former Watford manager Walter Mazzarri to take over from Koeman at Goodison Park, little over four months on from the Italian’s departure from Watford.
The 56-year-old got his first taste of English football in the hotseat at Vicarage Road last season and led the Hornets to Premier League safety, although their wretched run to finish the campaign, alongside his apparent struggle learning the language, saw him relieved of his duties back in May.
However, Mazzarri can also boast managerial experience at the top of Italian football with Napoli and Inter Milan, the former whom he led to second place in Serie A back in 2013, and it seems that the Toffees hierarchy are reasonably impressed, as he is reportedly on their list to replace Koeman should they part with the Dutchman.
And this news is sure to intrigue several of our resident Evertonians, many of whom have been hugely critical of Koeman this season, but whether they see Mazzarri as a better choice very much remains to be seen.
Landlord’s verdict: It has been a tough start to the season for Everton and manager Ronald Koeman, who remains under huge pressure following their 1-0 defeat to Burnley on Sunday.
That is now four defeats from their opening seven Premier League games, and time may well be running out for the Dutchman despite a recent vote of confidence from majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri, as reports suggest that they are already eyeing up replacements for the 54-year-old.
And one name in the frame is ex-Watford boss Walter Mazzarri, who led the Hornets to 17th place in the top-flight last term but was relieved of his duties in May, and his apparent struggle to learn the language, as well as his side’s slump at the rear end of the campaign, is likely to concern the Goodison Park faithful.
With Carlo Ancelotti set for time away from the sport, and Mazzarri’s one and only spell in England far from convincing, Evertonians may feel that sticking with Koeman is the best course of action.
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