Then it's still as much the board and Walsh's fault as it is Koemans.
Deals fall through, can accept that, but if Koeman didn't like option 2 or 3 then they needed to give him option 4 and 5, that's what he was brought in for.
Fact remains we knew Lukaku was leaving in March, they had 4 months minimum to secure a striker, not throw all their eggs in a Giroud shaped basket.
I just can't understand why Koeman thought Giroud would help us move up the table in the first place. He's an ageing super-sub for a team which finished one place above us. It seems negligent to have that as our first choice. But perfectly in line with his comment that our aim was to finish "same as last year".