Everton published an official statement regarding the sacking of the manager just after nine Premier League matches. The manager, Ronald Koeman, spent heavily in last summer transfer window but, despite that, his team failed to score goals and win matches.

He had joined Everton before going into the 2016/17 season. In his first season at Goodison Park, his management worked decently and Everton finished seventh with 61 points on the points table. The team finished off on the points table after top six Premier League teams with the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham, Man City, Liverpool, Arsenal, and Man United.

Following team’s humiliating defeat at home turf against Arsenal, it set up the board’s mind to sack Ronald Koeman. They lost against Arsenal by 2-5 score and conceded four goals in the second-half. After the ninth round of matches, Koeman left leaving the team on the 18th spot on the points table with eight points.

In the post-match interview after Arsenal defeat, he said, “I still believe I can change the whole situation, but everybody knows how it works in football. That is all I answer about this situation. If you start to think negative then maybe there is no solution. I am not like that. All the rumors in the newspapers are normal. The final result is really poor, but all these kind of decisions (about the future) are not in my hands.''

Having played nine games this season, the team only have won two games and lost two, whereas they have dropped ten points in five draws.

According to Everton’s standard, this wasn’t a good enough stats to keep Koeman at the club.

In the UEFA Europa League, they failed to win any games in the first three fixtures and currently have only one point. They lost two games against the Italian side, Atalanta and the French club, Lyon. They played a 2-2 draw against Apollon Limassol.

What’s next for Everton?

Few potential managers are available that Everton can hire. The team has a great history and a large fan base across the globe. A good manager can’t deny the offer from the club. Here are two replacements for Ronald Koeman.

Carlo Ancelotti: The manager last managed the German giants, Bayern Munich. The team achieved many silverware under his regime last season.

He took Bayern Munich to the semi-finals and won the 2016/18 Bundesliga. However, On 28 September 2017, he was sacked following a 3-0 defeat against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League group match and poor start of the season.

Ancelotti is a free manager now and can take Everton to great heights in the Premier League as he’s done this with Chelsea a long time ago.

Luis Enrique: No soccer fan can forget that Champions League historic night against Paris Saint-Germain when Barcelona won the second leg match having a 4-0 deficit in the first-leg. Luis Enrique’s masterclass tactics worked well in the match and they won it by 6-5. However, due to lack of silverware in the last season, he himself announced his departure from Barcelona and left the club after the end of the season.

Everton should definitely go for Enrique as he can bring the club back to its place. Enrique can compete in the Premier League with managers like Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, and Antonio Conte.

More to come

There’s more to come this season as only nine games have been played and 29 still to go. A good manager can drag Everton from the 18th spot to the top-six by the end of the season.

Everton is full of good players and can lift themselves to give a tough competition again to the Premier League team.