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Everton sacked manager Ronald Koeman on Monday after a disappointing start to the season which left them in the bottom three in the Premier League.

The Dutchman, who took over at Goodison 16 months ago and who led them to seventh in his first season in charge, parted company with the club just 24 hours after a 5-2 defeat by Arsenal.

That result dropped them into the relegation zone with just eight points from their first nine games.
In a statement on their website, Everton confirmed that Koeman had left their club.

“Chairman Bill Kenwright, the Board of Directors and Major Shareholder Farhad Moshiri would all like to express their gratitude to Ronald for the service he has given to the club over the past 16 months and for guiding the club to seventh place in last season’s Premier League campaign,” the statement said.

Everton had been many pundits’ choice to break into the top four this season, especially after spending 140 million pounds (156.2 million euros) on new players in the summer.

Five defeats and just two wins left them in trouble but Koeman, who joined Everton from Southampton, had said on Sunday he believed he could change the situation.

However, Everton lost faith with him on Monday and former manager David Moyes was immediately installed as the bookmakers’ favourite to take over for a second time.

Koeman is the third managerial casualty of the Premier League season, following fellow Dutchman Frank de Boer at Crystal Palace and Craig Shakespeare at Leicester.

Source: GNA/dpa/NewsGhana.com.gh

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