'Shameful', 'Spineless' - Everton fans lambast players after defeat to Atalanta
By Abigail Withey
Everton fans have taken to social media to express their frustration after Ronald Koeman’s side suffered a disappointing 3-0 defeat against Atalanta during their Europa League opener.
The Serie A side made their first appearance in the competition for 26 years and dominated the game over the Toffees.
The Dutch boss made six changes to his squad following his side’s previous 3-0 defeat to fellow Premier League side Tottenham, and despite including a number of his summer recruits such as Wayne Rooney, Michael Keane and Gylfi Sigurdsson in Thursday’s starting XI it failed to change the outcome.
Supporters are understandably irritated with the Blues’ performance and a number of fans were quick to blame Koeman on social media for their third successive defeat.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
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That's what happens when u don't play @Alookman_
— joe (@AriboStarmix) September 14, 2017
Said it since we played that side of bin men first game of the season we look hopeless, not replacing rom looks to be haunting us already
— connor vaudrey (@CVaudrey_EFC) September 14, 2017
If the players were the problem Koeman should drop them ALL and play the U23's. But they arent, its HIM. #koemanout
— Fast Eddie ???? (@FastEddieGB) September 14, 2017
Grim that. 70 minutes it took for him to make a change…..nice one
— Terence Monaghan (@moonnaagghhaan) September 14, 2017
— Sam Johnson (@SamJohnsonefc) September 14, 2017
Spineless, gutless, leaderless and now hopefully manager less!!
— Kevin Warren (@warrenkev) September 14, 2017
Management is about leadership. Leadership is about leading. Earn ur money Mr Koeman. Or another leader (or owner) will earn his.
— stergio2 (@stergio2) September 14, 2017
God help us on Sunday against @ManUtd
— Simon Hodson (@HodsonSimon72) September 14, 2017
Well that was embarrassing!
— Dave (@dave1pirrie) September 14, 2017
Their display against the Italian side has sparked worry among fans as they are set to face Premier League giants Manchester United in just a few days.
So far, Koeman’s side has only managed to secure one win in the competition which was during the opening weekend of the campaign when Rooney fired home a goal to ensure a 1-0 victory.
Elsewhere in the Europa League, Everton’s future opponents Lyon and Apollon Limassol faced each other in Cyprus where the pair finished with a 1-1 draw meaning that Atalanta are currently at the top of their group while the Toffees sit firmly without any points.