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Slaven Bilic, Ronald Koeman – who gets fired first?

Sunday 22nd October 2017
West Ham United and Everton are both modest Premier League clubs having a troubled start to the season. Slaven Bilic and Ronald Koeman are to blame. Which manager will lose their job first?
The two clubs' board of directors invested heavily on new recruits in summer, spending a combined £198 million. Everton spent four times more than West Ham though. Still, both teams are currently enduring difficult times.

The Everton crisis

It's all falling apart on Merseyside. The Blues have, on many occasions this term, looked unsure in every department. Despite trying to shore up in the goalkeeping, defence, midfield and attack (hoping to adequately replace Romelu Lukaku), Everton's transfer dealings proved frivolous. A staggering £140 million was lavished to no avail.

Everton began the campaign impressively - qualifying for the Europa League group stage without breaking a sweat, picking up a victory and clean sheet against Stoke City in Premier League's season opener, and then holding Manchester City at the Etihad. But it's been a downward spiral since. Just two wins in the ensuing eleven games in all competitions.

Consequently, Ronald Koeman's men have dropped to 16th on the table and are in danger of early elimination from European competition.
Koeman got his tactics all muddled up. His Everton side is lacking confidence, unable to do simple things correctly. The Dutch manager has the right personnel at his disposal, but his ineptness is proving more expensive for the club than its summer spending spree.

West Ham any better?

The simple answer is no. The Hammers are getting hammered left and right; they currently look like a truly disoriented group. After losing 3-0 at home to Brighton on Friday night, former Liverpool defender-turn-pundit, Jamie Carragher, referred to West Ham as “a group of players thrown together rather than a team”.

Inconsistency isn't a new phenomenon for West Ham. Slaven Bilic's side struggled badly last season before eventually turning things around to maintain their English top-flight status. This season, however, old wounds are being reopened. The Hammers are once again faltering. It's their worst start to a Premier League season since 2010.
With only two league wins this season, Bilic's team sit 17th on the Premier League table, level on points with Everton. The disappointing performances have led to the West Ham boss admitting that he doesn't know if his position is secure.

Who gets fired first?

Although both managers are failing to meet expectations, Ronald Koeman should be shown the exit before his Croatian counterpart. The Dutchman has been given extra finances and freedom at Everton, but he has failed to improve the situation.

The Toffees play Arsenal this afternoon. Defeat could see Koeman out of a job.
Kingsley Ukpai

Kingsley is a football aficionado who craves to read, watch, play and write about the greatest team sport ever known to man. If you're talking football he'll be keen to listen to what you have to say. Loves to play Fantasy Football too.

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