Ronald Koeman has been fired by Everton after a 2-5 loss to Everton put the club in the relegation zone.

The statement from Everton read: “Everton Football Club can confirm that Ronald Koeman has left the Club.

“Chairman Bill Kenwright, the Board of Directors and Major Shareholder Farhad Moshiri would all like to express their gratitude to Ronald for the service he has given to the Club over the past 16 months and for guiding the Club to seventh place in last season’s Premier League campaign.”

The Toffees are 18th in the Premier League and have won just two of their nine league games this season.

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“I still believe I can change the whole situation,” Koeman had said on Sunday.

He’s the third manager to leave a Premier League club this season, following Crystal Palace’s Frank De Boer and Leicester City’s Craig Shakespeare. 

Everton, who finished last season in 7th place, spent £140m in the summer in the hopes of competing for a Champions League place.

Koeman reported for training at the club’s Finch Farm base on Monday morning, with preparations for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup game at Chelsea seemingly under way.

But chairman Bill Kenwright and chief executive Robert Elstone were later reported to have arrived unexpectedly and Koeman’s dismissal was confirmed soon after.