7 Potential Managerial Replacements for Koeman after sack
Amidst numerous weeks of speculation, an abundance of statements from Goodison Park chiefs surrounding their manager's job security and a vast amount of high-pressure press conferences, it seems Everton's 5-2 home humbling at the hands of Arsenal on Sunday afternoon was the last straw for the Toffees hierarchy, who finally pulled the trigger on Ronald Koeman less than 24 hours later.
The Dutchman parted company with the north west side leaving the Merseysiders in the bottom three due to a goal difference only worsened by bottom of the league Crystal Palace.
Here’s a look at seven managers who could be preparing their CVs ahead of Everton's now-crucial managerial hunt:
1. Sean Dyche
Favourite with the bookies, Burnley's Sean Dyche has continued to prove his worth as a manager, guiding the Clarets up to eighth in the Premier League table on a shoestring budget.
The 46-year-old may not posses a foreign surname, talk in continental tones, or even play particularly attractive football, however the past two who have, in Koeman and Roberto Martinez, have proven it takes a little more than that to gain success.
It could be argued that the Englishman has now reached a ceiling with his current side, and may be willing for a fresh challenge with an open chequebook to prove he is not simply a one-trick pony.
2. Sam Allardyce
Sam Allardyce is yet to return to football for any sustained period of time since being relieved from his duties as the England manager.
The 63-year-old's short-term spell in south London as Crystal Palace boss was one arguably to keep his CV ticking over, and to prove to others he has not lost his talents as a result of the Three Lions exit.
The former West Ham United, Newcastle United and Sunderland number one holds a tried and tested method of steadying even the most likely of sinking ships, however is yet to prove himself higher up in the food chain.
Whether Allardyce is finally able to prove his worth by taking the next step is one that still remains to be seen.
3. David Unsworth
One that has been seen as a serious contender for the now-vacant Everton managerial position is Under-23 coach David Unsworth.
The Toffees' youth leader is likely to take charge of the first-team for their Carabao Cup clash with Chelsea on Wednesday night, with a number of Blues fans requesting the 44-year-old be instated at the helm on a longer-term basis, instead of bringing in someone who may not understand the inner-workings of Goodison Park.
4. David Moyes
A number of newspapers reported on Monday morning that David Moyes could well return to the club he left for Manchester United over four years ago.
In that time the Scot has been parted company with three different outfits, with the latest coming after his abysmal 10-month tenure in the north east with Sunderland.
There is little doubt that a number of Everton fans would be distraught with the idea of the 54-year-old's return, however being good friends with chairman Bill Kenwright and already boasting 10 successful years with the Blues could be enough for the Toffees to opt for a 'safer' solution.
5. Carlo Ancelotti
After being released from the Allianz Arena earlier last month, Carlo Ancelotti has stated he is keen for some time away from football - with his next position something that will be assessed over the summer.
However, this hasn't stopped the Italian being linked with a whole host of different English sides, with the 58-year-old possessing a well-desired track record in the Premier League.
During his two-year spell with Chelsea the former Bayern Munich manager claimed a Premier League title, felt success in the FA Cup and recorded an average haul of over two points per game.
Whether Everton, however, would be able to attract someone who is used to operating at elite levels remains to be seen.
6. Rafa Benitez
Possibly an unlikely one due to his Liverpool ties, Rafa Benitez has made his feelings known on numerous occasions regarding the frustrations he has surrounding Newcastle's transfer policy.
Owner Mike Ashley, who has since put the club up for sale, has seemingly blocked the 57-year-old's attempts to add big-money depth to his squad several times, and the possibility of an open chequebook at Everton could well attract the master tactician.
But whether the Madrid-born manager would quash all future possibilities of managing the Reds again in the future for the chance to work at Goodison Park seems a major stumbling block.
7. Thomas Tuchel
Former Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel is another name to be mentioned periodically as soon as there becomes an opening in the Premier League.
The 44-year-old is yet to manage a game since leaving the Bundesliga giants in May, just three days after securing the Deutscher Pokal.
However, the question asked again is will a club of Everton's level be able to attract the highly in-demand Bavarian, or will he be holding out on securing his first role outside of Germany with a Champions League side.