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27th Mar, 2017 | 8:36pm

Stan Collymore delivers Everton verdict on Koeman, highlights area for improvement

By Dominic Toner

Stan Collymore believes that Everton manager Ronald Koeman is doing a great job at Goodison Park so far.

The Dutchman took over at the Merseyside club in the summer and has enjoyed a strong first season.

The Toffees are currently seventh-placed in the Premier League and still have an outside bet of qualifying for the Champions League.

Koeman has carved out a strong managerial career after a successful playing one, and enjoyed a strong spell with Southampton.

Collymore was full of praise for the 54-year-old, but believes he must start competing for trophies to join the elite manager in world football.

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“I really like Koeman as a manager,” Collymore wrote in the Daily Mirror. “Koeman looks at his players and tries to get the best out of them individually, then work them into a team, and I like that a lot.

“What he needs now is to kick on, and that would mean competing for trophies and out-thinking the likes of Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho on a consistent basis.”

Koeman will turn his attention to the club’s next game after the international break, which is a Merseyside showdown against bitter rivals Liverpool.

They suffered a crushing 1-0 defeat in the previous meeting due to a stoppage time winner from Sadio Mane, but will be looking for revenge this time around at Anfield.

Koeman has become an instant favourite with supporters after introducing a youth policy at the club and encouraged academy players that they can break into the first team.

Toffees midfielder Tom Davies has been the standout emerging star and the 18-year-old is now a regular starter.

Meanwhile, Koeman has managed to get Ross Barkley playing his best football again and forward Romelu Lukaku has been in sensational form.

In other Everton news, Tony Cottee has delivered his verdict on the club’s stand-off with Romelu Lukaku.

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