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 By Phil Lythell

Chelsea may be flawed, but a repeat of doomed 2015-16 season looks unlikely

Despite Chelsea coming away with a win, Stewart Robson highlights causes for concern for the champions.
After Chelsea fought back to beat Watford, Antonio Conte insists he will never be worried about being sacked.

Trends and patterns are popular among football observers.

Jose Mourinho is heralded for having always won the league in his second season at a club before suffering "Third Season Syndrome," a condition that often sees relations with his employers rapidly deteriorate before ending with his departure. Comfortingly, Arsenal can generally be relied upon to fall into their familiar annual habit of seeing their title challenge fizzle out before the leaves have started falling from the trees.

Now...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Trending: Ronald Koeman and Everton part company after poor start

While Everton sit in the relegation zone, Gab Marcotti explains why Ronald Koeman may still have time to save his job.
Don Hutchison wades through the negatives from another porous performance from Everton and what lies ahead for Ronald Koeman.
Don Hutchison wades through the negatives from another porous performance from Everton and what lies ahead for Ronald Koeman.

Monday's latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC's What's Trending ...

EVERTON: Ronald Koeman has left the club following the 5-2 defeat against Arsenal on Sunday which left the club in the bottom three of the Premier League.

LIVERPOOL: Jurgen Klopp said he did not want to say "anything positive" about his Liverpool side after they were thrashed 4-1 at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

- Philippe Coutinho has told ESPN Brasil that the four goals his side conceded to Tottenham at...

 By Andy Mitten

Lindelof deserves support as he adjusts to life at Manchester United

After Man United's loss at Huddersfield, Alejandro Moreno blasts Jose Mourinho's constant changes to his system.
Jose Mourinho says he was left 'disappointed' by the attitude of his Manchester United team in their loss to Huddersfield.

Victor Lindelof, who was at fault for Huddersfield Town's second goal on Saturday, isn't the first Manchester United player to have an inauspicious start to his Old Trafford career, and he won't be the last.

Legendary defenders Gary Pallister, Nemanja Vidic, Jaap Stam and Patrice Evra all struggled to adapt to a new style of football in a new country. Goalkeeper David De Gea had a rough first six months, only to come good with a great game at Chelsea, just as a majority of fans -- rather than a...

Bad signings, no style and no hope: Why Koeman had to leave Everton

Stewart Robson says Everton were right to part with Ronald Koeman after the team showed no signs of improvement.
After an excellent start by Everton that was capped off by a Wayne Rooney goal, Ronald Koeman's side completely capitulated in the second half to lose their fifth league game of the season.
While Everton sit in the relegation zone, Gab Marcotti explains why Ronald Koeman may still have time to save his job.
After an excellent start by Everton that was capped off by a Wayne Rooney goal, Ronald Koeman's side completely capitulated in the second half to lose their fifth league game of the season.

Ronald Koeman finally ran out of goodwill on Monday as Everton called time after a once-promising tenure nosedived and ended with his team limping from one crisis to the next, culminating in a 5-2 dismantling against Arsenal on Sunday.

Here is a look at five of the reasons leading to his departure.

1. Struggling summer signings

While director of football Steve Walsh has to share a portion of the blame for a lopsided summer spending spree, a significant reason for the current malaise is the transfer...

Ronald Koeman's demise at Everton down to a squad that just didn't click

Stewart Robson says Everton were right to part with Ronald Koeman after the team showed no signs of improvement.
After an excellent start by Everton that was capped off by a Wayne Rooney goal, Ronald Koeman's side completely capitulated in the second half to lose their fifth league game of the season.
Ronald Koeman answered several questions after his future with Everton after his side dropped into the relegation zone following their defeat to Arsenal.

Ronald Koeman knew that the end was coming. He's no fool. He has been in football long enough to know how these things work. Asked to highlight any positives from Everton's humiliating 5-2 defeat at home to Arsenal, he shook his head dismissively. "Don't talk about positives," he said. "Because the final result is 5-2. Defeat at home." He paused and stared hard at the gathered press pack. "Write what you like to write tomorrow," he sighed.

He knew it was over. The press knew it. The Arsenal...

 By Tony Evans

Lovren the scapegoat but Liverpool's problems under Klopp are collective

Craig Burley says the buck stops with Jurgen Klopp, but continues to slam Liverpool's back line for the club's current woes.
Craig Burley says the buck stops with Jurgen Klopp, but continues to slam Liverpool's back line for the club's current woes.
Alejandro Moreno and Gab Marcotti evaluate Dejan Lovren's short-lived start in Liverpool's defeat at Tottenham.
Jurgen Klopp makes no attempt to justify Liverpool's poor outing at Tottenham, and admits the Reds deserve to be criticised.
Don Hutchison says Liverpool were far too open in their play at Wembley against Tottenham and that played right into Mauricio Pochettino's hands.
Don Hutchison says Liverpool were far too open in their play at Wembley against Tottenham and that played right into Mauricio Pochettino's hands.
Liverpool gave a masterclass in poor defending as Tottenham took full advantage at Wembley stadium.
Liverpool gave a masterclass in poor defending as Tottenham took full advantage at Wembley stadium.

Dejan Lovren is not to blame for Liverpool's defensive troubles. He should not be the scapegoat. The problems in the Anfield rearguard go far deeper than his repeated blunders.

The centre-back, 28, looked like a broken man at Wembley, hauled off after 31 minutes of the 4-1 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur. Lovren was at fault for the first two goals and afterwards a furious Jurgen Klopp said that Harry Kane's opening strike "would not have happened if I'd been on the pitch." On the face of it, the German...