Belfast Telegraph

Dyche early favourite as Koeman leaves Everton job after poor start to the season

Sean Dyche has been installed as the early favourite to replace Ronald Koeman after Everton announced that the manager has left his position.

Dyche's Burnley are eighth in the Premier League, five points ahead of Everton and their boss is the early 15/8 favourite to take over at Goodison Park (odds via Paddy Power).

David Unsworth is 3/1 second favourite with Louise Van Gaal at 4/1 and ex-Everton boss David Moyse at 11/2, followed by Sam Allardyce at 7/1.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill is considered an unlikely outsider at 33/1 alongside the likes of Andre Villas-Boas.

"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," read a club statement announcing the news at around 1.30pm on Monday.

Koeman's departure comes after the 5-2 home defeat to Arsenal on Sunday that leaves the north west side languishing in 18th place.

It's a hugely disappointing start to the season after the club spent big during the summer on the likes of goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, defender Michael Keane and midfielders Gylfi Sigurdsson and Davy Klaassen.

Everton are without a win in five games in all competitions, have won only two of their opening nine Premier League fixtures and are bottom of their Europa League group with a point from three matches.

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