Koeman Gets the Axe!

Koeman Gets the Axe!

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After a 7th place finish at the end of the 2016/17 Premier League season, Ronald Koeman has been sacked as manager of Everton Football Club.

Currently sitting 18th in the EPL, Koeman has only guided Everton to one league win all season.

After Romelu Lukaku departed for Manchester United in a deal worth up to £90M, a great deal was spent on recruiting big name players.

A total of £140M was spent on the likes of Jordon Pickford, Gylfi Sigurðsson, Sandro Ramirez, Wayne Rooney, Davy Klaassen and Michael Keane.

There was a lot of optimism around Goodison Park during pre-season but that good-will is certainly gone. A crushing 5-2 home defeat by Arsenal last Sunday was the final straw. Having taken the lead through a fine Wayne Rooney effort, Monreal, Ozil and Alexis Sanchez combined brilliantly to secure all three points for Wenger’s men.

Koeman reported for training as per usual at the club’s Finch Farm base on Monday morning, with preparations for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup game at Chelsea seemingly well under way. However, chairman Bill Kenwright later arrived unexpectedly and Koeman’s dismissal was confirmed soon after.

Reports coming from Goodison say that the sacking of Koeman will cost Everton in the region of a whopping £21M. Yes, Everton are in crisis but Koeman has the know-how and experience to get Everton out of this mess.

It just goes to show the lack of patience in today’s game. They have a talented group of players with vast experience, you would think it’s just a matter of time until they turn things around, but the big question still looms;

Who will be Koeman’s successor?

The bookies favourite is Burnley’s Sean Dyce with a former fans favourite David Moyes back in 5th position. After Moyes’ horrid time of late, which included disastrous times in charge of Manchester United, Real Sociedad and Sunderland, can the Scot bring back some heart and bite to this Toffee’s side?

The Bats man strikes again!

When talking about a slump in form and pressure, another club springs to mind; Chelsea! After failing to win any of their last three fixtures in all competitions, Chelsea dug out a much-needed win over Watford at Stamford Bridge (4-2).

After consecutive losses in the Premier League to Manchester City and Crystal Palace and then throwing away a two-goal lead at home to Roma in the Champions League, Antonio Conte’s men were staring defeat in the face until super-sub, Michy Batshuayi was sprung from the bench.

The man responsible for clinching the Premier League title last season and this seasons last gasp victory away to Atletico Madrid, was the orchestrator and finisher in an impressive cameo display.

Introduced in the 61st minute, the powerful centre-forward took less than ten minutes to stamp his authority on the game. He rose powerfully to meet Pedro’s near post cross to draw the two sides level and then easily out muscled the Watford centre-back, Kabasele, to secure all three points and get Chelsea’s season back on track.

This result comes as a massive relief to Conte as injuries and a dip in form have seen Chelsea slip well behind Man City in the race for the title.

The loss of their midfield enforcer to a hamstring injury, N’Golo Kante, has unsurprisingly coincided with their recent losses.

A great day for Huddersfield Town!

Huddersfield Town have announced themselves back on the main stage after an excellent and well-earned win at home to Manchester United.

The John Smith Stadium was absolutely rocking as Lee Mason blew the full-time whistle to condemn United to their first league loss of the season. An Aaron Mooy strike and a cool finish from Laurent Depoitre was enough for David Wagner’s side.

The turning point in the game has to be the injury to Phil Jones. The United centre-half was substituted in the 23rd minute and replaced by their summer signing, Victor Lindelof. 

Within ten minutes, two costly errors from the big Swede saw Jose Mourinho’s men trail 2-0.

The former Benfica man was turned was too easily by Tom Ince for the first goal and he later failed to deal with a long ball by the Terriers goalkeeper, Lossl, which allowed Depoitre to nip in and round David de Gea for the easiest of finishes.

A late Marcus Rashford header was merely a consolation as Huddersfield held on for a famous win. 

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