Ronald Koeman says that he was under no illusions about the size of the task he was undertaking when he took the Everton job but he has hinted that, in the context of his team-building plans, the Blues' poor run of results since September could be a blessing in disguise.
The Dutchman got off to a flying start as Everton boss with four wins from his first five matches in charge but, since beating Middlesbrough at home, his side have beaten only West Ham, leaving them in eighth spot following today's results elsewhere in the Premier League.
That has led to mounting disquiet among supporters regarding the players' performances and the manager's apparent problems motivating them to greater effort and effectiveness. He has reiterated, however, that recovering from two 11th-placed finishes under his predecessor will take time.
“From the beginning I knew it was a difficult job,” Koeman admitted in his familiarly matter-of-fact manner. “It is about expectations of the fans and not one manager will change the 12th position of the table and you finish second or fourth.
“We like to change the style of play and everybody finds it difficult to press higher. That means we like to press but the defenders are a little bit more afraid. If the defenders are more afraid he drops more back and that is the reason we get more distance between the lines and then it is very difficult.
“OK, we spoke about this. Maybe it is good to make one step back and then with more confidence in the future to make two steps forward. That is the realistic situation at the moment.
“Overall we need to do more, we need to run more and we need to be more aggressive.
“Maybe one or maximum of two players had the normal level against Southampton. The rest were under the individual level that they need to show and can show,” Koeman continued.
“It is always difficult but a lack of confidence and a lack of belief but it is good for me to see the reaction of the team in a difficult time. It is better to see that.
“Of course you like to have every weekend a win because everyone is happy but sometimes to get your eyes really open maybe this time is the best to understand that if you need to change but we need to change.”
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1 Posted 04/12/2016 at 00:09:59
3 Posted 04/12/2016 at 00:43:19
Questions: Is the disease incurable among the current players? Are they immune to his attempts to inject intensity? And if so, what's the cure? Give opportunities to the U-23s or bring in new players in January?
I think the doc has already made his decision. When the window opens, prepare for multiple amputations and multiple infusions of new blood.
4 Posted 04/12/2016 at 00:45:12
We need 4 players in my opinion. Starting with 2 we missed out on in the past. Can Koeman convince Van Dijk and Shakiri to come? There is also that young lad from Sunderland looking okay. Pienaar in think his name is.
5 Posted 04/12/2016 at 00:45:22
Oh by the way Leicester went from nothing to champions with much poorer raw material than we have so chin up Ron laaa your only in charge of the 9 times champions of England.
Get your finger out fella, stop dampening expectations, and get more out of what you've got!
Ah you can't because you told all our shithouse players they're crap and you're gonna sell them? Now they're playing like mutinous twats. Okay then I'll let you have a pass on that whilst we wait for you to buy the players you want, on the proviso that you win every game? Obviously that seems fair Ron laaa?
Do me a favour stop talking us down, stop sending a poor bastard out each week to applogise for previous week's shower of a performance. If you must apologise then it should be you to front up as you are the one accountable.
Whilst we are at it don't shove you 'missus under the bus for even to get a laugh.
Accountability Ronald, look it up because at the moment everything is someone else fault other than your own.
Smacks of Kopite behaviour that.
Love and kissses,
Pissed of New Jersey, formerly of Bootle
6 Posted 04/12/2016 at 01:07:13
7 Posted 04/12/2016 at 01:07:18
(God that lacks drama saying that!)
8 Posted 04/12/2016 at 01:36:41
9 Posted 04/12/2016 at 02:10:51
10 Posted 04/12/2016 at 02:12:13
I'd personally ease off on 'honest Ron of he was more accountable after games.
But its unlikely based on his previous showing.
My level of unease, is driven by a real worry that Koeman will fritter away what talent we have and invest poorly.
Not looking forward to tomorrow.
11 Posted 04/12/2016 at 03:08:40
12 Posted 04/12/2016 at 04:31:34
And Mick, you've depressed me now, but you are right,: Koeman has won virtually sod all! He wasn't my 1st choice (Unai Emery). I would have preferred Unsy to Koeman, he knows what he's doing, players would respect him and Davies, Walsh, Holgate & Dowell would have been in ages ago! Not fuckin rocket science, eh?
Crappy Koeman (my new nickname for him – beat Man Utd later & it's Ronny!), he picks Jags, Lennon and Barkley – I would personally like to see Coleman & Barry out, Holgate & Davies in!
Just to add – fans are superstitious, Holgate hasn't been on a losing team this season, so put the fucker back.
13 Posted 04/12/2016 at 06:43:01
We are now looking exactly like the same 'losers' from the last few weeks of Roberto's reign. Sending Jags and Barry to the bench would be a good start.
14 Posted 04/12/2016 at 08:38:59
15 Posted 04/12/2016 at 09:00:45
Also, despite recent results, we're 7th. Not battling relegation like WHU.
I really don't understand why some people seemed to have turned on Koeman so quickly into his reign. The players are not capable of playing how Koeman wants them to, so he'll replace them with those that can. Then we can judge a Koeman team.
At the moment we're getting frustrated watching the same players perform badly that all went backwards under Martinez. It would seem that whatever Martinez did to them is irrecoverable.
For all of Koeman's demands for pressing, they are running less than every other team in the league. Laziness and lack of aggression are traits that stand out with this team.
Every week Koeman is saying 'more aggression, more pressing!' But they don't respond. I would imagine he's quite despondent that he hasn't been able to get them to react how he wants them to. Whether that's down to his motivational techniques or the laziness ingrained into these players, who knows?
Either way, their attitude is unacceptable. Their professionals and should be busting a gut to perform to their managers orders. One thing is for sure, a few will be gone in January and a few will be in.
16 Posted 04/12/2016 at 09:16:40
17 Posted 04/12/2016 at 09:52:43
I guess that's how the '49er' sees it too, although he'll get a bit twitchy if the team sinks below Roberto's 11th place watermark.
The Dutchman has NEVER been the 'top manager', Moshiri has made him out to be and had failed to inspire both players and fans at a string of clubs before he got here. But he got Southampton into 'Moyes territory', so perhaps he can do the same for us. Eventually.
Exciting, isn't it?
18 Posted 04/12/2016 at 09:58:49
This team is Martinez's team – not big Ron's. They are lazy and used to getting their own way, spoilt brats really. They either buck up or fuck off, it's that simple. Koeman has been in the job for just a handful of games. Most of the players have been here for 2 or 3 years. We know what the players are like, they are the ones that gave us, and still keep giving us, mind numbing sideways passing with little or no effort. The players Koeman has brought in have done okay and are an improvement on anything we had, especially Gana.
So instead of just giving Koeman pellets and ffs accusing Koeman of koppite behaviour because he doesn't take the blame for our shit players lack of effort, give him a bit of time to turn it around. It's koppite behaviour to start moaning like fuck after a few games that he hasn't turned us into world beaters with the same shit players who have given us some of the most boring football we have seen for an age.
19 Posted 04/12/2016 at 10:58:20
The avoidance of any form of blame for the shite we've endured by Koeman is really quite annoying. Some fans have already placed Koeman on a pedestal and can see no wrong in the fella.
20 Posted 04/12/2016 at 11:21:38
We are only a third of the way through the season and yes we've been shite lately, no denying that, but I think we have to give him this season and the beginning of next before bringing Pierrepoint out of retirement.
Two of the world's greatest managers (in recent times) in the game, with vastly superior squads and resources, are also struggling with their new teams and probably want to overhaul their respective squads in the next transfer windows.
We are all desperate to see Everton succeed but it might take some time so, deep breath, I'll try and be a bit more patient and hope he can take us where we all want to go.
21 Posted 04/12/2016 at 11:22:08
Ron's our builder. Let him build. Martinez took over a decent house and ruined it in three years. This will take time and as I've said before, real investment. Moshiri's the investor. Let's see him invest real money and not the money raised by salvaging and selling features fancied by City dwellers.
22 Posted 04/12/2016 at 11:26:08
Koeman has time of course.
Also believe we could replace Cleverley, Kone, Gibson, Lennon and maybe even Deulofeu with youth like Davies, Walsh, Calvert-Lewin and Dowell – maybe free up some cash to get competition for Jagielka, Baines and some help for Lukaku's goal drought and Barry's legs.
I think we'd definitely come to regret letting McCarthy go unless there is a solid replacement available.
I'm still a bit concerned that we went for Sissoko though, hope we stay sensible in January.
23 Posted 04/12/2016 at 11:32:07
24 Posted 04/12/2016 at 11:36:05
25 Posted 04/12/2016 at 12:00:37
At least half our squad needs shifting on and until we've brought in at least another 4-5 players we'll be in transition.
Rome wasn't built in a day.
26 Posted 04/12/2016 at 12:15:34
27 Posted 04/12/2016 at 12:19:10
What was the indictment?
28 Posted 04/12/2016 at 12:24:23
He will sort it out, but he needs to change the players. Remember Southampton? He had to assemble a new team from scratch and look how that turned out, Wanyama, Mane etc... They are far better players than we have got and can play the system he wants. OAP Gareth Barry and Barkley run as though they have diving boots on, ffs!
29 Posted 04/12/2016 at 12:31:28
30 Posted 04/12/2016 at 12:59:58
31 Posted 04/12/2016 at 13:13:54
Deary, deary me, now I'm begging for divine intervention.
32 Posted 04/12/2016 at 13:20:01
Bunch of so-called journos sitting around a table talking shite. I don't mind Evertonians criticising/praising our manager because they know what they are talking about.
These jokers talk as much shite as they write.
33 Posted 04/12/2016 at 13:30:21
The manager is only saying what most fans already know. The key observation IMO is that we haven't enough of kind of players to play his favoured pressing game, therefore 'one step back' until we have.
34 Posted 04/12/2016 at 13:54:52
It makes me smile how every one of these so-called managers has his own style and has to sign a shitload of 'his' players before we can expect to see any noticeable improvement. That buys them time (usually) to prove they can't manage a fart and then get paid up for making a bollox of the job!
As for Moshiri – 'a fool and his money....'
35 Posted 04/12/2016 at 13:57:32
Watching the Bournemouth – shite game, notice how teams are scared shitless of them? Bournemouth are a good, passing, high energy team. They come up against the RS and they totally freeze. When we play these sides they show us no fucking respect and refuse to die. S'not fair.
36 Posted 04/12/2016 at 14:04:14
37 Posted 04/12/2016 at 14:05:48
Easiest job in the world being a football 'pundit' – people paid to say what most guys say down the pub every Saturday.
38 Posted 04/12/2016 at 14:19:17
He's between a rock and a hard place though because you can be sure that Moshiri will have told him and Walsh to maximise the value of those who leave in January and summer, and so he picks them rather than a sprog that he may in all truth want to introduce into a team HE created, rather than the spineless lazy shower we currently have to endure.
In this day and age, I don't know of any manager of a mid-table club (and sadly that's what we are) that can quell virtual mutiny in the dressing room. Most admittedly get the sack but Koeman is just 13 league games into a contract that should take in about another 140 games. Moshiri will back him. I suggest the fans do.
39 Posted 04/12/2016 at 14:24:26
40 Posted 04/12/2016 at 14:52:46
On the money they earn, they should be ashamed of themselves. Koeman too and his coaches have had five months to get them up to speed. Time for less talk and more action.
42 Posted 04/12/2016 at 21:29:49
But, guess what, all the good Moyes players got too old and Martinez hardly reduced the squad's age with his misfiring recruitment policy of either awesome players or guys who played for Wigan or he'd wanted to take to Wigan.
This is compounded by Steve Walsh's policy of bringing in players who are apparently at their peak, like Bolasie who continues to offer little despite being our record signing, and the ageing Williams, who we'll have to replace in a season or two.
As for not recruiting a top keeper...
So Koeman can whine all he wants but he inherited a half-decent set of players and managed to neglect sorting out two key positions buy bringing in Valencia and Stekelenburg. It deeply concerns me we were actually in for Sissoko.
43 Posted 04/12/2016 at 22:58:01
Stop blaming Martinez, Moyes, Moshiri etc – the football we have played home and away is fucking dire. Pressing game? – don't me laugh, defensive tactics at home, hoofball – it's been dreadful.
I just watched the RS demise at Bournemouth but at least they attack and at least they have a manager who is gracious in defeat – unlike Robot Ron.
44 Posted 05/12/2016 at 11:02:26
Maybe this season should be a freebe, maybe Ronny's unwillingness to play the kids may be because he's giving many first team squad players enough top to hang themselves.
Hopefully he's showing the board he needs 4-5 players in each of the next 2-3 transfer windows to implement his ideas.
My personal opinion is that he has a better team than some of the teams were dropping points to, but at the same time we have a lot of shite in our squad.
It may be harsh to point fingers and name names, but here goes anyways.
Lennon, Mirallas, Gibson, Oviedo, Robles, Kone, Cleverley, Niasse, McGeady, should all be moved on as they offer very little to the first team. The above names must take around £250,000 a week between them (£2.5m a year), yet other than Mirallas, none of them really play, and Mirallas hasn't done a tap all season.
Then there's big question marks over Jagielka, Barry, Stekelenburg, and Baines now — are they good enough any more, are they slowing us down.
Have Ross or Geri got futures at the club? They both have a lot of ability, but they don't seem to do it on a week to week basis. I worry that there's not enough movement ahead of Ross and Geri; both of them need to do more, but both of them can puck passes, but its pointless passing to stationary players.
I can't help but think both players would fit into an Arsenal team like a glove. Ross playing a bit deeper picking passes to players like Sanchez, Ozil, Walcott and Ramsey. I am starting to worry that Ross will inevitably have to leave to become the player he wants to become, we're far too unkind to him.
Geri playing wide in a similar position to Walcott, staying high and wide, looking at attacking his defender. Geri is absolutely outstanding for Spain u21, he runs there team, and they have some absolutely brilliant players, yet he's the pick of the bunch in every match.
After the mention of over half our first team squad we only have a few really good core players, 3 of which Koemansigned (Gana, Williams and Bolasie who's inconsistent but the best wide man we have), then really we've only got Lukaku and Funes Mori (both of whom will go soon, Rom because he will out grow us, and Funes Mori if he's continually overlooked) leaving only Coleman, Besic (who never seems fit), and the kids.
Koeman needs time and he needs transfers, both of which his hands are tied on, but most of all he has to start trying to create an identity, a way of playing, because I don't think any fan can ever see what we are even trying to do!
45 Posted 06/12/2016 at 11:30:19
It's no secret that there is going to be a clear-out if the club can get them to go. Koeman needs at least two more windows.