It’s been a rough go for Everton through the first nine match weeks of the young Premier League campaign. After spending a healthy sum of cash during the offseason, the team has dropped five of their first nine contests, landing them in the dreaded relegation zone. And consequently, the team has now relieved manager Ronald Koeman of his duties.

Koeman only headed the ship in Goodison Park for 16 months, completing his first full season a year ago when Everton finished in a humbling seventh place in the standings. But with a failure to score goals and win matches, tensions began to rise for the supporters and within the organization.

Everton lost their most recent game against Arsenal by a score of 5-2, which prompted the organization to take action. Koeman, a revered Dutch footballer, reportedly showed a level of hard-headedness with some of his key players, and with concerns about his ego interfering with the success of the club, Everton has chosen to go down a different path in hopes of preserving their season.

In a statement posted on Everton’s Twitter page, Chairman Bill Kenwright and the board of directors made the announcement official, thanking Koeman for his efforts over the last year and change.

The club spent $190 million over the summer acquiring players like Michael Keane, Davy Klaasen, Jordan Pickford, and Gylfi Sigurdsson to make up for the loss of former team member Romelu Lukaku, who had a team-high 25 goals a year ago.

In just the first nine weeks of this season, Lukaku’s seven goals for his new club, Manchester United, are equivalent to the entire total of the Everton team.

Continue to NEXT PAGE to read Koeman’s official statement regarding his departure!