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5 Replacements for Ronald Koeman at Everton

For the first time this season, Everton have dropped into the bottom three of the Premier League. This is Everton’s worst ever start to a Premier League campaign, as they’ve only collected 8 points in 9 games. On top of that, the Toffees have only won one of their last seven league games and Ronald Koeman’s job is now firmly on the line.

Everton’s form looks even worse when you consider they spent over £100million in the summer. Add to that, Koeman’s public spat with Ross Barkley and Kevin Mirallas, two of Everton’s best players, and the Dutchman doesn’t really have a leg to stand on anymore.

The Premier League is an increasingly demanding environment that puts Chairmen and Owners under unprecedented amounts of pressure. Board members can’t allow sentiment and loyalty to cloud their judgements, they have to think with their pockets instead. After what they’ve invested into the club, sitting 18th in the league does not justify that return.

Here are 5 replacements for Ronald Koeman.

#5 Chris Coleman

Chris Coleman

The man who took the Wales national team to the semi-final of the European Championships is the perfect man to steer a sinking Everton ship. The Welshman is currently negotiating a new contract with the Wales FA as he sees no better opportunities available. However, Ronald Koeman’s form at Everton could open the door he’s been looking for.

As a club manager, Chris Coleman has an appalling 32.5%-win ratio but granted, that was with relegation-stricken teams like Fulham and Coventry City. He’s proved with Wales what he’s capable of and with the resources at his disposal at Everton, he could do much more. Everton have a squad far greater than that of Wales and a similar 5-3-2 system could be applied at Goodison Park.

#4 Mikel Arteta

Arteta

Mikel Arteta is currently the co-assistant coach of Pep Guardiola

The Spaniard may not have secured his first managerial job yet, but the reviews about his coaching abilities have been glowing. Pep Guardiola on many an occasion has raved mad about Arteta’s tactical understanding of the game. While Arsène Wenger has also talked about the Spaniard’s impressive comradery in the locker room, claiming his personality naturally galvanises others.

Let’s not also forget that Mikel Arteta was a fan favourite at Goodison Park before he moved to the Emirates. So, his return would be welcomed by the Everton faithful. There’s no better place to be given your first managerial opportunity than at your former club.

#3 Sean Dyche

Dyche

Burnley currently sit 8th in the league

The Burnley manager is doing wonders at Turf Moor. This season alone, the Clarets have taken points from Anfield, Wembley, Stamford Bridge and ironically enough, Goodison Park. For a team that had the worst away record in the league last season, Sean Dyche has miraculously turned around their fortunes. He spent the whole summer locked up in an office analysing each of his team’s away performances last year and has subsequently rectified the errors he saw.

Such a meticulous eye for detail is desperately needed at Goodison Park as Everton are only a few tweaks away from becoming a force again. Their three main problems at the moment are; poor defensive organisation, lack of midfield creativity and an inability to score goals. Sean Dyche’s regime would address all three of those problems and turn Everton into an efficient proposition.

#2 David Moyes

MoyesIf it weren’t broke, why did you try and fix it? David Moyes is undoubtedly Everton’s most successful manager ever. The man took the Toffees to new heights and created a dynasty at Goodison Park. Since he left, nothing has been the same. His tenures at Manchester United and Sunderland ended in woeful failure and the Toffees have also struggled without him.

The Scotsman is currently unemployed and would be available to start work immediately. The appointment makes sense on many levels, he’s familiar with the club, the owner and fans. Plus, he has that dogged resolve that would save his favourite team from relegation. Because as of today, Everton are in a relegation battle.

#1 Manuel Pellegrini

Pellgrini

Manuel Pellegrini won 137 games as Manchester City manager

It’s time for the former Premier League winner to stop hiding in the Chinese Super League and come back to the big leagues. Many say the final year of Pellegrini’s tenure at Manchester City was unfair on the Chilean as rumours of Pep Guardiola’s arrival plagued him for the whole time.

At Manchester City, the 64-year-old won 2 major honours and astonishingly won 62.5% of matches. His form was unrivalled and at the Etihad, he never finished outside the top 4 with the Sky Blues. The Everton job offers Manuel Pellegrini an opportunity to turn around a talented squad and once again prove himself to the English public.

About the Author Mathaeus Abuwa

Arsenal fan with a soft spot for Pascal Cygan.

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