If you thought Everton’s horrendous start to the season meant manager Ronald Koeman could be on his way out, think again. Despite spending over £150 million over the summer transfer window, Koeman has obstinately refused to put his players in positions to win and the Blues lowly standing in Premier League and Europa League action is a direct result of that.
With a critical game against Olympique Lyonnais tomorrow, Koeman spoke to the media today and acknowledged that he might be in the hot seat, so to speak.
“Maybe I am in the crisis.
“Okay everybody knows in football that the manager’s job is a really difficult one because things change fast.
“We know that most of the time the manager doesn’t get the time to improve the team and I feel sorry for Craig (Shakespeare) because he did a really good job when he took over from (Claudio) Ranieri. He kept them in the Premier League but that’s football.
“It’s hard to take for managers but that’s part of the job.
He went on to add that the Board gave him their full backing after a crisis meeting on Friday. Speaking about the visit of majority shareowner Farhad Moshiri, he said -
“(Farhad) Moshiri was here but it was not only him, it was Bill Kenwright and more people from the board.
“It was because they did not see the new building (Finch Farm, post-renovations) until last Friday and of course if they are in you have a good lunch and speak about football.
“There was no message but the feeling is that they are behind the team and behind the manager. Okay everybody knows that’s a nice thing but in football it’s all about results.
“If you are a long time in football maybe you know better about this situation but for now it’s full, total support from the board.”
This will come as disappointing news to the fans in the sense that Koeman is going to be given more slack to try and work his way out of this slump. His stubbornness seems to be having an effect on the players now as they wander aimlessly around the pitch and it’s becoming really hard to see how Everton can rectify this situation with the Dutchman still in charge.