Dutchman Ronald Koeman has been sacked as Everton headcoach the club has confirmed.

A statement from the club’s website said they “would like to express their gratitude to Ronald for the service he has given to the club over the past 16 months”.

The decision to fire the 54-year-old was made after the Merseyside lost 5-2 to Arsenal yesterday, a result that has left the Toffees battling for relegation in position 18 early in the campaign.

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Koemanis now the third coach in the premier league following Craig Shakespeare and Frank De Boer who parted with Leicester and Crystal Palace respectively.

Rumors are the Toffees are now looking to the likes of Carlo Ancelotti as potential successors to Koeman, who guided Everton to a 7th place finish in his first season in charge of the club.