The English Premier League has completed just nine games, and already three managers have been fired.
After Dutchman Frank de Boer
, who lasted all of 77 days at Crystal Palace,
Leicester City fired Craig Shakespeare
last Tuesday and Everton parted ways with Ronald Koeman
Shakespeare was fired after a 1-1 tie with West Brom left Leicester
third from the bottom with just six points in eight games.
Everton dumped Koeman after Sunday's 5-2 loss at home to Arsenal.
"I still believe I can change the whole
situation," Koeman said after the game.
But the "situation" was untenable in the current environment. The Toffees are in the Premier League relegation zone, one of four teams tied with
eight points after nine games.
As more television revenues pour in for EPL clubs, the pressure mounts to stay up, and owners of relegated-threatened clubs are less willing to give
managers a chance to turn things around.
Everton had won just two of 13 games this season after heavy spending this summer but its early schedule was the toughest in the EPL with five of
top six teams from last season.
Everton lost Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku
to Manchester United and was unable to replace him. Critics of the situation at Goodison Park suggest
that the blame for Everton's problems falls on director of football Steve Walsh
, who arrived from Leicester City with the reputation of being a master scout but has not reproduced his magic
since arriving in July.
No favorite has emerged to replace Koeman. Names mentioned include Burnley manager Sean Dyche
, Italian Carlo Ancelotti
, recently fired as Bayern
Munich coach, German Thomas Tuchel
and, inevitably, Scotsman David Moyes
, the former Everton manager.