Managers Under Pressure – Ronald Koeman

The mad world of modern day football means that just six Premier League games in and we are already seriously talking about managers losing their jobs. Staggeringly one has already been axed in the shape of Frank de Boer who had lost his first four fixtures as Crystal Palace boss. While I believe in most situations that a manager should be given time to implement his ideas the nature of the industry often means there isn’t time to hang about and actually chopping and change can be an inspiration just as much as installing stability, a myth I often find pundits talking about in football. Ronald Koeman is already feeling the pressure as Everton boss after a 2-2 draw with Apollon Limassol, no, I’ve never heard of them either…

So first of all I think it’s important in the early stages of this season to look at the managers previous work at his respective club. And for me Ronald Koeman has done a fine job, transferring an ageing and very ordinary squad into a side cut above anything below the top six which for me demonstrates good management. Add to this he has progressed a series of young talents to the squad and it’s clear to see Koeman has some real strengths as manager.

This season he is without Romelu Lukaku who it would now be fair to say propelled Everton well above the rest to a seventh place finish. Having a man of this quality in your ranks always helps but that is even more reason to allow Koeman time to find the right formula following the Belgian’s departure. The Toffees have got themselves in a mess in the market you feel, buying too many support players and not anyone who can come near the impact that Lukaku made. We will see what Koeman is made of in this department but finding a game plan so Everton can find goals as a team is unlikely to be easy to find straight away.

I have only watched Everton in their TV games against Man City and Man United and while I believe performances including the Europa League have been poor, on paper they have actually collected one more point than they ‘should have’ at this stage having faced Spurs, Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea already. So in the coming weeks we will find out more about Koeman and Everton, my opinion is that it is ludicrous Koeman should be linked with the sack. They have spent a lot of money which puts more pressure on the manager but transfers like Pickford and Keane are more long term investments and the net spend taking away Lukaku’s fee is not very high. As a whole Koeman should be backed fully by the club despite a very poor showing in the Europa League and if they win their next two games which they should, things will be looking good for the Toffees.

Everton fans, you have front row seats for your club so let us know in the comments below your thoughts on this!