Everton senior man explains tactical differences between Koeman and Martinez
By Dominic Toner
Seamus Coleman believes that former Everton manager Roberto Martinez was too focused on attacking.
The Toffees sacked the Spaniard in the summer and the club appointed Ronald Koeman as their new manager.
Koeman has helped the club hugely since his arrival and the Merseyside club are currently fifth-placed in the Premier League.
Everton have conceded just five goals in their opening seven games and the summer arrivals of Ashley Williams and Maarten Stekelenburg have proved effective.
Everton defender Coleman feels that Koeman is more focused on being defensively solid than previous boss Martinez.
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“Every manager is different. Roberto played a more open game and made no secret of that,” Coleman told the Mail. “He liked his full backs getting high and unfortunately at times we conceded too many goals.
“This manager wants us to be solid first and then build on that with the quality attacking players. It’s not a case of one being wrong and one right but we are more solid this season. Every time a manager comes in he puts a twist on things. This one is big on work-rate.”
Everton now have ambitions of potentially landing a European spot and their defence has played a major role in their success.
Coleman, 27, and his team-mate Leighton Baines are well known for their attack-minded traits in defence.
The full-backs often overlap their wingers but Koeman has managed to find the correct balance in the side.
Everton endured a difficult campaign last year and conceded 55 goals in the Premier Leauge, something which eventually ended Martinez’s reign.