Ronald Koeman Blames Olivier Giroud For His Everton Sacking

We always suspected that dastardly Frenchman

Having met an ignominious end to his brief Everton career after a dismal defeat against Manchester United at the weekend, Ronald Koeman is pointing the finger at Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud for playing a role in his demise.

Linked to a move to Everton in the summer, Koeman lamented the Frenchman's unwillingness to leave London in an interview with Dutch football magazine Voetbal International.

"I had Olivier Giroud in the building," said Koeman. "That was hard to swallow."

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"That would have been perfect but he decided he'd rather live in London.

"You tell me where you can get a better striker."

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Despite a strong finish in the league last season and an outlay of £135 on summer transfer targets, Koeman and Everton discovered that selling your best striker can have disastrous results, a fact that contributed greatly to the team's weak start this season.

"Lukaku was important to us, not only because of his goals, but because of his way of playing - strong, quick, direct," said Koeman.

"There was always the option of the long ball to him. Now we missed such a player, we had Nicola Vlasic and Wayne Rooney, players who want the ball in to feet."

Oh Olivier, if only you'd fancied that move to Merseyside.