After finishing 7th in the league last season and qualifying for the Europa League, the board of directors at Everton, led by chairman Bill Kenwright had ploughed considerable investment into the squad hoping that the Blues would at least go a step further by competing with the so called ‘big six’ for the money spinning champions league positions.

Last season top scorer Romelu Lukaku regrettably forced through a move to Manchester United but the likes of Wayne Rooney, Gylfi Sigurdson and Sandro Ramirez were brought in alongside other top talents in a spending spree that cost in excess of £150 million.

However following a dismal opening to the season in which Everton slipped into the relegation zone, Ronald Koeman was axed as manager and the stewardship of the club was left in the hands of Under-23 boss David Unsworth who has been in temporary charge since. Everton look set to end their search for a manager in the coming day, you can find the latest prices for the candidates here:

Koeman’s sacking has not affected a change in results and despite an improved showing in Unsworth’s debut game, a 2-0 League Cup defeat against Chelsea, Everton’s performances have arguably gotten worse with the Blues showing a complete lack of cohesion in its on field showings.

A lethargic and utterly embarrassing outing in the Europa League against modest Italian side Atalanta saw The Blues concede five goals, only managing to score one in reply. Three days later they matched the ineptitude of that dour evening by shipping another four goals in a turgid display at Southampton.

Everton were completely toothless in attack, but defensible they provided no shield for Jordan Pickford and were unable to keep hold of the ball in midfield. In contrast, the Saints, who had been struggling themselves, were made to look like a side that hadn’t been struggling to score goals at St Mary’s.

In his post match press conference a visibly angry David Unsworth reacted: “I can’t stand here and defend the players today. It was a totally unacceptable performance, especially in the second half, and the Everton fans are quite rightly going to be furious with that but so am I. It’s not good enough for our football club.”

Following the defeat, Everton find themselves precariously hovering above the relegation zone in 17th position in the league table and just two points above tonight’s opponents West Ham in what has now become a crucial game for both clubs.


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