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Koeman sacked after Everton falls to Premier League drop zone

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Ronald Koeman was sacked on Monday after a dismal run of form with Everton left the Toffees third from bottom of the Premier League and with just two wins in 13 games.

The manager was sacked after just 16 months in charge and spending £140 million on new players this summer. He had also been vocally criticised by many for making decisions unhelpful towards the club.

The Dutchman’s tenure as Everton manager culminated with a 5-2 defeat by Arsenal on Sunday. His dismissal was a decision taken by the Everton major shareholder, Farhad Moshiri, who three weeks ago, insisted that Koeman retained his total support despite a home defeat against Burnley.

However, Everton made no improvements since then, first needing a 90th‑minute penalty to draw at Brighton & Hove Albion before losing at home against Lyon in the Europa League and subsequently being routed at home by Arsenal.

An Everton club statement read: “Everton football club can confirm that Ronald Koeman has left the club. Chairman Bill Kenwright, the board of directors and major shareholder Farhad Moshiri would all like to express their gratitude to Ronald for the service he has given to the club over the past 16 months and for guiding the club to seventh place in last season’s Premier League campaign.”

In the meantime, David Unsworth, Everton’s academy and under-23s manager, was given temporary charge of the Merseyside club after also taking charge in one Premier League game after Roberto Martínez’s sacking in 2016.

While Unsworth has requested a run of games to show he can be the winning manager Everton need to replace Ronald Koeman, he is expected until the international break to demonstrate his mettle in order to impress the Goodison hierarchy, a spell of four games that includes visits to potentially difficult opponents in Chelsea, Leicester and Lyon.

Everton will also be the third Premier League club to lose part ways with their manager this season, after Craig Shakespeare who was fired as Leicester City manager after the Foxes lost six Premier League games in a row, and Frank de Boer who left after only 77 days as manager of Crystal Palace.

Everton suffers ugly Europa League defeat by Lyon at home

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Everton’s poor start to season continued with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Lyon in the Europa League, with the game descending into a melee in the second half following an ugly brawl sparked by the captain Ashley Williams.

Lyon — who, like Everton were without a win in Group E — took the lead inexplicably just after six minutes through Nabil Fekir’s penalty, awarded for Mason Holgate’s rash and ill-timed challenge on Fernando Marcal.

Then, a second-half flashpoint which could see Everton and Williams facing punishment came, as Williams’s shove on the Lyon goalkeeper, Anthony Lopes, sparked heated confrontations between players in front of the Gwladys Street end.

The match was held for a couple of minutes as the group melee surged to the direction advertising hoardings, with a supporter holding a child in one arm spotted aiming a punch in the direction of the keeper.

Afterwards and seemingly roused by the clash, Williams headed a perfect free-kick cross delivered by Gylfi Sigurdsson to turn from villain to hero from six yards and equalized.

Sigurdsson came close again moments later with a second free kick that hit the inside of a post, but Lyon responded and extinguish any hopes of an Everton revival. As Maxwel Cornet turned back a ball across goal from the right-hand byline, a slight flick from Bertrand Traore in the middle was enough to secure all three points for the Ligue 1 club.

The defeat, which comes after a 3-game winless streak despite a huge amount of summer transfer activity amounting to well over £100m for the Toffees, further calls into question the future of coach Ronald Koeman with the club.

“We made too many mistakes,” the Dutchman said after the game. “It was thanks to Jordan Pickford that the score was only 2-1. We started well but made a really stupid fault after just five minutes.”

“I have no complaints, it was the right decision from the referee to give a penalty, but there were a lot more mistakes and bad decisions after that. That’s what we are looking at the moment: doubts, errors, and players without confidence. I know from my playing days what that does to you.”

“The final decision is by the board not myself,” Koeman then added regarding his position. “If the board thinks I am not the right man they will tell me.”

Arsenal close to finalising €60m deal for Alexandre Lacazette

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Arsenal is close to finalising a €60m deal for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette as the French International completed a medical at the Emirates.

Lacazette, 26, has 11 France caps and will agree to a five-year-deal with the Gunners. He scored 37 times in 45 appearances last season, with 28 of those goals struck in Ligue 1 last season.

When the formalities are completed, Lacazette will outshine Mesut Ozil as Arsenal’s most expensive signing; the German midfielder joined from Real Madrid in 2013 for £42.5m.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had already made a bid for the player in the transfer window last summer, but it had been unsuccessful after which the player agreed fresh terms at Lyon until 2019.

While La Liga second-runners up Atletico Madrid had been another suitor for Lacazette, the Champions League semi-finalists were placed under a transfer ban and their subsequent failed appeal removed any possibility of a deal.

According to Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas, Atletico were prepared to pay €65m for Lacazette which in turn meant that Arsenal look to have got him for slightly less despite theirs being a club record deal.

Wenger will be delighted to conclude the deal for his compatriot in a sluggish transfer window for the club despite the promise of “top-quality” summer signings during a question-and-answer session with Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis last week. Sead Kolasinac, who joined from Schalke 04, had been the club’s only recruit since the end of last season.

It would also be particularly helpful in his fight to keep his team star Alexis Sanchez.