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Everton & Ronald Koeman
A few months ago, Everton fans were full of excitement for the new season. New owner Farhad Moshiri put his money where his mouth is and the club went on a spending spree.
In came promising young English goalkeeper Jordan Pickford for £30m (for the record, he’s better than Joe Hart), up and coming defender Michael Keane rejected his old club Manchester United to join up with Koeman at Everton for £25m. Sandro Ramirez came in from Malaga for £5m. The fans really got excited when Everton signed not one but three number 10s. Davy Klaasen was bought from Europa League finalists Ajax for £24m, Gylfi Siggurdsson was poached from Swansea for a club record £45m and the blockbuster deal was the return of Wayne Rooney for FREE, but on a huge contract.
We bring up these deals to highlight the sheer stupidity of this transfer window. The team is devoid of pace from wide areas and up front. Koeman has played Siggurdsson out wide at times. Why pay a record sum to play the man out of position? Rooney has had a decent start but surely Sigurdsson is a better number 10. You might as well give Rooney a stint up front if you don’t believe in Sandro who does not look like a Premier League player, and Klaassen is forced to play deep.
Ademola Lookman does not get a look in for some reason, Tom Davies isn’t getting the acknowledgement that his talent deserves. Koeman still doesn’t have a set formation and his defence is porous. Everton have already lost four times, can’t score goals (were clearly overdependent on Lukaku) and are staring at the bottom half of the table. Let’s not forget that they look horrendous in Europe. It’s all going wrong and it’s all Koeman’s fault. If things don’t change in the next three games, the pitchforks should be out.
Verdict: Sack the manager
Roy Hodgson & Crystal Palace
Alan Pardew tried to make Palace easy on the eye and that cost him his job as the team plummeted down the table. In came Sam Allardyce with his rough and tumble style of football and Palace survived the drop. The club was left reeling when Big Sam retired and the long search went on for his replacement.
Lo and behold ,Inter Milan flop Frank De Boer arrived. He must have bamboozled the board with delusions of Dutch total football. The question no one answered was, “where will you get the players to play this way!?” Anyway, that failed. As everyone in the world predicted.
After four straight losses in the league with 0 goals scored, Palace decided that Roy Hodgson, non-conqueror of Iceland, would be the man to turn the fortunes of the club around. How was he supposed to do so against Manchester City (lost 5-0), Manchester United (lost 4-0) and Chelsea coming up? Benteke, Zaha and Loftus-Cheek are out injured and they are rumoured to be looking at Carlton Cole and Alberto Gilardino for goodness sake. It’s not even Hodgson’s fault but it’s unlikely that his lack of personality, worn out ideas and bad luck will get Palace out of this mess.
Verdict: Sack the manager
West Ham & Slaven Bilic
It’s tough to understand where this team is headed. Lots of signings, but not much to show for it. At least Bilic purchased a serviceable forward in Javier Hernandez (unlike Koeman) but he’s resorted to playing the poacher wide on the left of a three. That’s a sackable offence on it’s own. Though they won their last match vs. Swansea, somehow Bilic thought it made sense to partner Hernandez and Carroll as a two upfront. Anyone who plays Football Manager knows this is crazy. West Ham have been thrashed by United and Newcastle already. However, a decent performance in a 3-2 loss to Spurs and this fortunate victory over Swansea show they are better than this and Bilic will probably figure it out and get the team to 12th. Or something.
Verdict: Keep the manager, but watch him closely
That’s it for this sack race update. Craig Shakespeare and Paul Clement may be on here next time around if their fortunes don’t change. Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe has done a good enough job over the years for his job not to be in peril despite his team’s poor form so far. However, watch this space because things can change fairly quickly.
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