Under-fire Koeman has 'total' Everton backing

Tomas Mccoy
October 5, 2017

The under-fire Koeman is fearing the sack after a poor start to the season during which big-spending Everton have struggled at both ends of the park, registering only two wins from their last 10 league and cup games.

Rooney played the whole match and scored as Everton were held to a 2-2 Europa League draw against Apollon Limassol at Goodison Park on Thursday.

We are in a bad moment, but we have played the four title contenders, three away.

"[Burnley] was the only unexpected loss".

Koeman's cause has not been helped by an unkind fixture schedule that has featured not only mid-summer Europa qualifying games that disrupted pre-season but also testing meetings with the two Manchester clubs, Chelsea and Tottenham. There is mental and physical fatigue and 7 injuries.

"I think everyone expected more than we have given so far - the players and the staff, not just the fans", Sky Sports News quotes Keane as saying.

Said the 54-year-old: "I have experience and I know if you win your life on a daily basis, it is different from if you lose".

"It is not nice if you have two weeks for an worldwide break and get a defeat, but that is life and you have to accept it", he added. I felt like we got into some good positions, which we just didn't show that quality in the final third to break a team like Burnley down. "All the stuff and the questions is not in my hands", he said.

When asked if his players lacked confidence after falling behind, Koeman added: "You always get a reaction, that's normal in this situation". They will accept if the team is not playing well to a certain degree but they won't accept players that aren't running around, trying to affect it and doing something about. You need to be lucky in second balls, maybe everything.

"They were really tough games on paper and of course when you actually play them", he said.

As a result, Koeman may struggle to continue through the global break as it stands.

Koeman has the support of club chiefs despite the slump in form and Stubbs hopes they give the Dutchman time to turn things around.

"With expectations so high, Koeman needed players to hit the ground running".

"It's only seven games in, so there's a long way to go. I am so impressed with the way they are handling things".

"I can't complain from my players today".

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