Slavan Bilic

Who Gets Fired First? Ronald Koeman or Slavan Bilic?

West Ham and Everton are two modest Premier League clubs having a troubled start to the 2017-18 season. The blame falls on the doorstep of their managers – Slaven Bilic and Ronald Koeman. Which of the two first becomes unemployed?

No one would blame the board of directors at either of West Ham or Everton for not investing on new recruits during the summer. Both clubs spent a combined fee of £198 million on new players before the end of the transfer window. I should add that Everton spent four times more money than West Ham did. Still, both teams continue to endure a miserly early season.

The Everton crisis

It’s all falling apart at Merseyside for Everton. The Blues have, on many occasions this term looked unsure of themselves in nearly every department. Everton were frivolous in the transfer market. They did their bit to shore up every position – goalkeeping, defense, midfield and attack (especially after losing Romelu Lukaku). According to a staggering £158 million was lavished on new recruits by the Toffees.

But then, Ronald Koeman has got his tactics all muddled up. He oversees an Everton side that is lacking in confidence, seemingly unable to do things right. Koeman has the right personnel at his beck and call, but his ineptness in galvanizing his team is proving more expensive for the club than their summer spending spree.

Everton did start the season impressively. They qualified for the Europa League group stage without breaking a sweat, picked a victory and clean sheet again Stoke on matchday one and went on to hold Manchester City at the Etihad. But it’s been a downward spiral since then. Just two wins in the ensuing eleven games in all competitions sees Ronald Koeman’s men drop to 16th on the Premier League table and in danger of elimination from the Europa League group stage.

Is West Ham any better?

The simple answer is no! The Hammers are getting hammered left and right and cut a figure of a truly disoriented group. Former Liverpool defender turn pundit, Jamie Carragher, referred to West Ham as “a group of players thrown together rather than a team” after their 0-3 loss at home to Brighton.

Being overly inconsistent is not a new phenomenon for West Ham, they struggled so much last season before turning things around to maintain their Premier League status. This season, old wounds are being reopened as the Hammers continue to falter.

With only two Premier League wins this season, Slaven Bilic’s group sits just below Everton on the Premier League table with the manager declaring he doesn’t know if he’d be fired in the coming days.

Who gets fired first?

Two managers, managing two faltering teams; others of the like have been shown the door, which of the two gets the axe first.

I’d say Ronald Koeman. He’s been given so much freedom and finances to turn Everton around but has failed in that regard. The Toffees play Arsenal on Sunday, and loss could spell the end for the 54-year-old Dutchman. I can’t see past an Arsenal victory.

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