Is Everton boss Ronald Koeman next in line for the sack?by Andy Dillon / 18 September 2017, 09:44Tweet
WAYNE ROONEY is due in court today to answer a charge of drink driving.
If convicted, he could well have his licence taken away and maybe even given a community service order.
But surely playing for Everton at the moment is punishment enough? Football’s equivalent of a chain gang.
Right now painting the railings on a railway bridge or picking up litter on roundabouts would serve the supporters much better than anything manager Ronald Koeman is concocting on the pitch.
If there has been a crime at Goodison Park then it is how Koeman has failed to use the money wisely and replace Romelu Lukaku.
That £75 million looks like it’s been criminally wasted.
Koeman brought in Gylfi Sigurdsson as his marquee signing of the summer. Never a player to directly replace Lukaku he was mean to supply the strikers while scoring one or two himself.
In the last two seasons Sigurdsson has scored nine and 11 goals respectively; not a bad tally for a forward playing midfielder.
But Lukaku scored 25 and 18 - there really is no comparison.
Koeman ‘swapped’ Lukaku for Rooney. A striker born and bred on Merseyside and England’s only truly World class player of recent years.
It was a kind of prisoner exchange but we all know who pulled off the big con in that one. Rooney’s best days are behind him, everyone knows that.
So Koeman went for Sandro Ramirez from Malaga for just over £5m to partner Rooney.
A freebie and a bargain - hardly the stuff to inspire the punters.
And now we see the consequences. Four defeats on the spin. Only recently Frank de Boer paid the ultimate price for that kind of form with the sack at Crystal Palace.
Is Sack Race frontrunner Ronald Koeman now in danger of becoming the second Dutch managerial casualty of the season?#EFC— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) September 17, 2017
To make it worse Lukaku scored against his old club yesterday to remind them what they are missing. While we’re at it, Palace took the honour on Saturday of passing the record of 450 minutes without scoring a Premier League goal.
At least here’s one title Everton have a chance of winning.
It is now 405 minutes since they too last hit the net in a league match and it was Rooney on the stroke of half time against Manchester City way back on August 21.
It means Koeman has until 3.45pm on Saturday against Bournemouth to avoid joining them on a most unwanted roll of dishonour.
Experts in the game say that defenders win you titles and strikers win you matches. When you haven’t got a decent front man the best you can hope for is a point.
And that is not enough in this day and age to justify such a huge outlay of cash which Koeman embarked upon in the summer but spending it in the wrong areas.
Everton were never going to win the Premier League this season, that was a fanciful notion from the outset.
But already a much-anticipated top four finish and even challenging the so-called ‘big boys’ is looking beyond them.
Some fans are already calling for Koeman’s head, albeit softly.
But he certainly has a case to answer for the way in which he spent the biggest transfer fee ever received by Everton.