Ronald Koeman was not the only culprit but Everton have lacked identity | Andy Hunter

The Dutchman may not have seen the end coming on Monday but he had overseen a shambolic start to the season after a muddled transfer windowRonald Koeman finished his last, brief, funereal press conference as Everton manager with a dismissive: “Write what you like to write.” He cannot be surprised that his Goodison Park obituary now follows.There was a note of defiance in the 54-year-old’s assessment of the 5-2 mauling by Arsenal on Sunday when he insisted he could arrest Everton’s swift and steep decline. According to friends Koeman was under the impression he retained the support of Farhad Moshiri, the club’s major shareholder, when he dined at San Carlo restaurant in Manchester later that evening with his wife, Bartina; and again when he arrived for training at Finch Farm on Monday morning shortly before the chairman, Bill Kenwright, and the chief executive, Robert Elstone, brought news that Moshiri had decided to make a hefty severance payment for the second time in 16 months. Continue reading…

https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/oct/23/ronald-koemans-everton-sacking

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