It all started so well for The Toffees against Arsenal. Considered a make or break game for Ronald Koeman, they got off to a flyer. Returning prodigal son Rooney nets a top corner scorcher within 12 minutes – boom – things are going to plan. Keep that going for the remaining 78 minutes, come out with three points and all of a sudden a ‘Ronald Revival’ is now being bandied around the pub.
But things never go to plan, do they? Especially in football.
The 5-2 defeat suffered at the hands of the Gooners has prompted Everton to sack beleaguered Koeman as of today, with Sean Dyche favourite to succeed the Dutchman – and David Moyes now only 4/1, having been a 25/1 longshot only last Thursday.
With the club having won just two of their opening nine Premier League fixtures and dropping to 18th position, the board dismissed the former Barcelona player at lunchtime. Hopefully he got a feed in the canteen before they sent him packing.
Anywho, our traders now have Burnley manager Dyche as the leading candidate with odds of 15/8. However, former fan-favourite David Unsworth is close behind at 7/2 with Moyes at 4/1, the same odds as Louis van Gaal. Roberto Mancini and Sam Allardyce are priced at 7/1 whilst Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is at 11/1.
Asked about the next Toffees boss, Paddy Power said: “Ronald Koeman paid big prices in the summer transfer window, and has paid again – this time for his poor results. With Everton facing a potential relegation fight, it is no surprise to see them linked to the ginger Mourinho, Sean Dyche.”
Next permanent Everton Manager:
15/8 Sean Dyche
7/2 David Unsworth
4/1 David Moyes
4/1 Louis Van Gaal
7/1 Roberto Mancini
7/1 Sam Allardyce
11/1 Eddie Howe
12/1 Darren Ferguson
12/1 Carlo Ancelotti
12/1 Chris Coleman
14/1 Marco Silva
14/1 David Wagner
14/1 Roberto Benitez