Tuesday 23 January 2018 / 01:09 PM


I wrote last week that Ronald Koeman was on borrowed time following Everton’s disastrous result at Arsenal.

Less than 24 hours later, he was given his marching orders by the Toffees.

And whilst I never like to see a manager being sacked, and I think that managers simply aren’t given long enough in the modern game, the fact of the matter is that it did seem like this was the only option available to the top brass at Goodison Park.

Things just were not working with the Dutchman, and he didn’t seem to have any idea about how to get the best out of the players at his disposal.

Here’s the thing though: having sacked Koeman, Everton really need to get their ducks in a row, sooner rather than later.

It was David Unsworth who presided over Everton’s loss at the King Power Stadium on Sunday, and although he may well turn out to be a fantastic manager one day, I think it is absolutely clear that he should not be the man to take the job on a permanent basis at this juncture.

In fact, I’ll go a stage further: he should not manage another game this season.

Based on their performance at Leicester, Everton are no better off without Koeman, and in fact looked worse than at points during the end of the Dutchman’s reign.

Managers are sacked because they are not getting the best out of the team, but following a dismissal, the team must see an uplift if they are to avoid relegation.

There was no uplift on Sunday, and it makes me question the wisdom of removing Koeman from his post without a ready replacement.

Although Palace’s form has not been much better since Roy Hodgson took the helm, the Englishman was at least waiting in the wings to take over after Frank de Boer, but at Everton, it seems as if there has been no plan of who will take the job, no thought about who the right man is to actually change the situation they’re in.

Instead, they’ve just thought “Koeman’s got to go” and pulled the trigger.

But if the man they bring in next isn’t as good as Koeman, or if they struggle to bring in someone they want, they may well look at Koeman’s dismissal as a mistake.

Whatever transpires, Everton must get back to winning ways, because they are now already five points adrift of the top half of the table and after considerable investment in the summer, their board and fans will be expecting a lot better.

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