Ronald Koeman under fresh scrutiny at Everton

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 20 October 2017, 10:39

Everton manager Ronald Koeman is nervously walking on the most unstable of tightropes after another desperately disappointing result left the beleaguered boss a miniscule 1/7 to be the next Premier League manager to be sacked.

Frank de Boer (Crystal Palace) and Craig Shakespeare (Leicester City) have both already fallen victim to this season’s Sack Race, and now Koeman is in severe danger of joining the duo in the Job Centre.

Earlier this week Koeman received the dreaded vote of confidence, revealing that the club’s board had given him “total support”.

Uh oh.

We’ll see if that “total support” is still shown in a week’s time following back-to-back games against Arsenal (league) and Chelsea (cup) - on current form you certainly wouldn’t bank on Koeman’s underperforming team carving out a win in either of those two fixtures.

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Everton’s Europa League campaign is in tatters following a return of one point from three games, with Thursday night’s 2-1 defeat at home to Lyon leaving the Toffees rock-bottom of Group E.

The loss extended Everton’s winless run to four games in all competitions (D2 L2), and in the aftermath Koeman responded to questions on his future:

"The final decision is by the board not myself.

"If the board thinks I am not the right man they will tell me."

Surely the board won’t be impressed with a return of two victories in 12 matches, and they were expected home wins against struggling Sunderland (cup) and Bournemouth.

Last weekend 16th-placed Everton were fortunate to come away from Brighton with a draw after a last-gasp Wayne Rooney penalty salvaged a point, and perhaps saved Koeman’s skin, or maybe it just delayed the inevitable...

 

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