Everton have parted company with manager Ronald Koeman today, bringing the Dutchman's 16-month reign to an end after a dismal start to the season.
Koeman, who was lured from Southampton in 2016, enjoyed a strong first season at Goodison Park last term, and whilst he lost Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United over the summer, he was backed with signings such as Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane, Davy Klaassen, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Wayne Rooney.
Despite the optimism over those signings, Everton's season has been a nightmare; five defeats in nine Premier League games and just one point from three Europa League outings have seen Koeman lose his job, with Sunday's 5-2 home defeat to Arsenal proving to be his final game in charge of the club.
Ronald Koeman and David Moyes
Everton parted ways with Koeman earlier today, and the search is now on for his replacement, with one former Toffees boss already touted in a bizarre link.
The Mirror reported on Sunday that Everton were eyeing up a shock move to bring David Moyes back to the club, over four years since he left Goodison Park in favour of Manchester United.
Moyes, 54, won 42% of his games in charge of the Toffees during an 11-year stint with the club, but his career has nosedived since then, having lasted just eight months at Manchester United and a year at Real Sociedad, before suffering relegation from the Premier League with Sunderland last season.
Rumours of an Everton return for Moyes has unsurprisingly sparked reactions from Everton fans, with many pleading the club to appoint anybody else after his acrimonious exit in 2013.
Fans on Twitter suggested that they would cry or even throw their season tickets into the River Mersey if Moyes comes back, with supporters claiming it would be a step backwards and the final nail in the coffin for Everton after a dismal start to the season - though one fan did point out that Moyes had little money to spend in his first spell as manager, and he could have another crack at the job with the financial backing of Farhad Moshiri.
Why would we want 8th-10th place most seasons. Especially if we get Moyes nothing but mediocrity, we've got the money now let's go all out and get a winner.— Brendan (@BrendanEFC_) October 23, 2017
Allardyce and Moyes have worryingly high odds for being our next manager - both fill me with dread #EFC— Becca Harrison (@beccaharrison38) October 23, 2017
Apart from the obvious big names like Ancellotti and Tuchel, Eddie Howe is up there for me. Anyone but Moyes. #EFC— Chris Baker (@Bakers93) October 23, 2017
If Moyes comes back I'm finished with EFC x— Nik Corfield (@NikCorfield1) October 23, 2017
Our club takes a step back into the dark days if Moyes comes back! #EFC— John Burdett (@Burdy555) October 23, 2017
I'd rather have Big Dunc
Why is Moyes’ name being mentioned? The fella has failed at every job he had since leaving #EFC. He should never be considered, ever.— Chris Cunningham (@Cunnginham) October 23, 2017
I desperately don't want Moyes back in charge but if the only option is Moyes or Koeman then welcome home Davie lad— Ste Hardy (@Ste_HardyEFC) October 22, 2017
If Moyes makes a return I'm totally done... That'll be the final nail in the coffin. #EFC— Paul Ellis (@Paul_Ellis147) October 22, 2017
Moyes not good enough for Sunderland but some of our fans would have him back we don’t deserve nice things with ambition like that. #EFC— Jay Williams (@jaywilliams87) October 22, 2017
Of course I don't want Moyes - we need to move forward; but would he really do a worse job? Was never backed with proper funds first time...— Sean Lee (@SeanLeeEFC) October 22, 2017