Everton have confirmed that Ronald Koeman has left his position as manager of the Premier League club.

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The Dutchman has been under pressure for weeks after a poor start to the campaign, and Sunday’s 5-2 defeat at home to Arsenal was the final straw for the Everton board.

The Premier League side released a statement on Monday confirming that Koeman had left the club, and added, “Chairman Bill Kenwright, the Board of Directors and Major Shareholder Farhad Moshiri would 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 54-year-old left Southampton to take charge of Everton last year and finished seventh in his first season. However, after spending £140 million during the summer, Everton currently find themselves in the relegation zone and Koeman has paid the price.

It remains to be seen whether Koeman will be tempted into taking over the Netherlands national team, with Dick Advocaat set to step down after November’s friendly double-header against Scotland and Romania.

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