Thursday 18 January 2018

Ronald Koeman breaks his silence after Everton sacking

Ronald Koeman. Photo: REUTERS
Ronald Koeman. Photo: REUTERS
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Ronald Koeman has revealed he is disappointed at his sacking as Everton manager but wishes the team luck going forward.

The Dutchman was axed on Monday after the 5-2 home defeat to Arsenal left them languishing down in eighth in the Premier League table despite an extensive summer spend.

Koeman guided the Toffees to seventh place last term but the loss to the Gunners proved the final straw after a difficult start to this year's campaign.

"I would like to place on record my thanks to the players and staff for all their hard work and commitment during my 16 months as Everton manager," he said in a short statement on Twitter. "I would like to thank Bill Kenwright, Farhad Moshiri and the Everton Board for the opportunity to have managed a great club and to the fans as well for their passionate support for the club.

"Naturally, I am disappointed at this moment, but I wish the team good luck for the future."

Under-23s manager David Unsworth has been placed in temporary charge and will oversee preparations for Wednesday's Carabao Cup tie against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The Toffees have already begun their search for a new permanent boss with Burnley's Sean Dyche, who has already attracted the interest of Leicester, under consideration.

It is understood, however, that he would want a tangible offer to consider leaving Burnley having been irritated by Crystal Palace’s reticence in the summer and what was a perceived as a greater desire to look abroad.

Carlo Ancelotti is also an option, although it has been suggested by those close to him that he would take a lot of convincing to get back into the game so soon having just been sacked by Bayern Munich. He has talked about how he would like to take a season out from the game.

Former Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel may also be looked at, having left the German club in the summer, while David Moyes' name has been similarly mentioned, but the Independent has been told he is not currently considered a desired candidate.

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