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5 candidates to replace Ronald Koeman at Everton

Monday 23rd October 2017
Ronald Koeman has finally been relieved of his Everton misery after being sacked on Monday. Now the Dutchman can look forward to a fresh challenge ahead, perhaps with his country's national team. But who takes over the Goodison Park hot seat vacated by the 54-year-old?

There is sweet, freshened relief on the blue side of the Mersey. At least, the much-maligned Koeman won't be at the helm on Wednesday evening when they face Chelsea in the Carabao Cup.

This season, under Ronald Koeman, Everton had lost eight times in all competitions, languishing in the bottom three of the Premier League and rock bottom of their Europa League group. Even after spending around £140million last summer. Sunday's 5-2 home defeat to Arsenal was ultimately the straw that broke the camel's back.

Here, we take a look at potential candidates to replace Ronald Koeman and take charge of a club who had ambitions of a top-six finish this season.

1 - Sean Dyche

Sean Dyche is the early favourite to replace Koeman. Dyche has worked wonders with Burnley since becoming Clarets boss in 2012, winning two promotions to the Premier League before keeping them in the top flight last season. With an impressive start to this campaign - which included a 1-0 win away at Everton before the international break - Dyche's stock is rising by the week, and a move to Goodison Park could be in the pipeline for the ex-Watford boss.

2 -Eddie Howe

Another young English manager doing exceptionally well with the resources at his disposal. Eddie Howe could be the perfect man for Finch Farm. Long tipped to succeed Arsene Wenger, Howe's Bournemouth play a more aesthetically pleasing style of football than Dyche's team. The Cherries, in large part thanks to the 39-year-old, have gone from League Two to a Premier League staple. However, with the club struggling this term, he could be tempted away from the Vitality Stadium.

3 - Sam Allardyce

Should Everton seek experience over youth, then Sam Allardyce could just be their perfect pick. 'Big Sam' flaunts an impressive track record of steadying tumbling clubs as he did at West Ham United, Sunderland and Crystal Palace. However, his direct style of play may not please many Evertonians. Allardyce, out of work since leaving Palace last season, will certainly find the Toffees job too hard to turn down.

4 - Paulo Fonseca

In the event that majority shareholder, Farhad Moshiri, fancies an expatriate, Shakhtar Donetsk boss, Paulo Fonseca, will almost certainly fit that bill. Fonseca, a target for the club in 2016 after Roberto Martinez's exit, ended up in Ukraine instead, where the 44-year-old has impressed. With a 79% win rate at Shakhtar, Fonseca is showing why he is so highly rated, and after spells with Porto, Pacos de Ferreira and Braga, Fonseca could still be a name in the Everton frame.

5 - Chris Coleman

The timing cannot be any more perfect for the Welsh boss. After nearly six years in charge of his national team, during which time he took them to the Euro 2016 semi-finals. Coleman is currently mulling over whether to sign a new contract with Wales having missed out on qualification for next summer's World Cup. Coleman's stock remains high from what he achieved with the Welsh in France two summers ago and he may feel now is the chance to have another crack at the Premier League. The 47-year-old posses Premier League managerial experience, having worked at Fulham between 2003 and 2007.
Toby Prince

If the sport has 11-men on each side, a ball and lasts for 90 minutes then I'll write about it. Simply put, I'm an unrepentant soccer freak that other freaks will, however, call a geek. I do find time for music when not watching the beautiful game, though and have been known to produce the odd track. 

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