Everton fires manager Ronald Koeman

April 1st 2017, Anfield, Liverpool, England; EPL Premiership football, Liverpool versus Everton; Ronald Koeman, manager of Everton takes his place in the away team dugout before the kick off (Photo by David Blunsden/Actionplus/Icon Sportswire) ****NO AGENTS---NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICA SALES ONLY****NO AGENTS---NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICA SALES ONLY****
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Everton has fired manager Ronald Koeman after a rough start to the 2017-18 season, one which has caused the club to fall into the relegation zone.

The club released a statement on Koeman, saying they would “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 year’s Premier League campaign.”

Koeman was hired by Everton in June 2016, when the 54-year-old signed a three-year contract with the English side. During Koeman’s first year, Everton ended up winning 17 games en route to qualifying for the Europa League.

This season was very different, as Everton won just two of its first 13 games under Koeman’s direction. The two wins occurred in back-to-back fashion against Sunderland and Bournemouth back on September 20 and September 23. Since then, Everton has lost four games and had one draw, most recently getting hammered by Arsenal by a score of 5-2 on Sunday.

Prior to arriving with Everton, Koeman had managed Southampton since 2014 and was named the Premier League Manager of the Month three times during his tenure. During the 2015-16 campaign, Koeman led Southampton to a sixth-place finish in the Premier League standings, Southampton’s best mark in the history of its franchise. Koeman first began managing in 2001, when he took the reigns at Ajax and ended up resigning four years later. He has also managed Benfica, PSV, Valencia, AZ and Feyenoord.

Everton’s next match will occur on Wednesday when the club battles Chelsea at 2:45 p.m. Eastern imeT in the Round of 16 at the Football League Cup.

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