Everton publicly back Koeman, but quietly line up Italian replacement

Everton publicly back Koeman, but quietly line up Italian replacement

Everton publicly back Koeman, but quietly line up Italian replacement

Everton manager Ronald Koeman still has the "total support" of majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri despite the club's dismal start to the season.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman is coming under increasing pressure at Goodison Park following yet another defeat this season. "We are not brilliant, but we are learning and we are improving", he said. There is mental fatigue and seven injuries'.

"These are early days and Koeman has my total support".

But after the match, Koeman told Sky Sports: "I'm not unhappy what I saw from the team, they showed today how we had to play".

"He's an experienced manager, we have some experienced players and they know we will come out of this stage".

The Dutchman invested heavily in new players in the summer such as Gylfi Sigurdsson, Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaassen, Wayne Rooney and Keane himself, but they have failed to hit the ground running. If there is no commitment and no aggression, then that is maybe a reason to think about my future, but I thank the players for their commitment today.

Everton are rock bottom of Group E with a solitary point from two games following a 3-0 thrashing by Atalanta and 2-2 home draw against Apollon Limassol of Cyprus.

The Merseyside outfit have had a tough run of fixtures, having had to play Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United already.

Everton are two points above the relegation zone, albeit after only seven games.

Burnley had to wait until their penultimate away game, against Crystal Palace, to record a win on the road last season.

"It is not nice to get two weeks an global break if you lose".

"I feel like we did that pretty well against Burnley and I feel he will say the same".

"Football can be unusual, football can be hard, but Thursday can't be compared to Sunday because the opponent is totally different. All the other questions are not in my hands". It took a long time to get that a year ago so to do it on the opening day gives you a bit of freedom going into the others.

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