Thierry Henry reckons under-fire Toffees boss should be given time to turn things around at Goodison Park
RONALD KOEMAN teams do tend to go through streaks.
At Southampton, during his final season, he had one win in ten mid-season but they bounced back to win seven out of nine at the end of the campaign to sneak into Europe.
Last season with Everton it was the same. They won five on the bounce at the start of the season and then won one in 11. Then they won five in eight.
There needs to be patience. All these managers getting sacked so early in the season is mad.
I know with all the money in the game everyone demands success straight away. But give the guy a chance. Look at Carlo Ancelotti at Bayern — but that’s the way it is. It’s become normal.
Well, you can’t sack 22 players can you? As soon as the season starts, bookmakers have a ‘sack race’.
That was never a thing.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s first season with Man United wasn’t glorious but they stuck with him and we all know that story.
Yes, Koeman has been at Everton for a little while but it’s still the beginning of the season and he’s had a summer of change.
Let’s not forget his achievements. He’s led both Everton and Southampton to the Europa League. That deserves credit and should surely buy him time. Also, Everton have played four of the top six already and three away.
That’s a brutal run. Yes, Burnley have been to Spurs, Liverpool and Chelsea and they are sixth — not 16th.
But Everton’s games have been back to back. I also think Everton were unlucky to lose against United.
And they are the only team to take points off City.
Koeman has turned around bad runs before and I think he can do it again — given time.
NOW I’m an assistant coach rather than a player I see the other side of it.
Everything is lumped on the manager — he has to front up, take the criticism from fans, the press. As a player, you turn up, do the training, do the drills, go home.
The coach has to plan the session, review the session, deal with the media, the staff, make sure players are OK, deal with discipline, protect a player and if needs be, take a bullet for him.
But who cares about the coach? It’s tough when you have to front up for everyone.
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