Why this Tweet from Ronald Koeman could end in a disaster for Everton
COMMENT By Harvey Byrne
Ronald Koeman may have just stuck a knife in his own back after taking to Twitter on Sunday afternoon following Southampton’s defeat against Manchester United.
The 53-year-old spent two seasons on the south coast before moving to Merseyside in the summer and he has currently got Everton placed in seventh in the Premier League.
United’s win in the EFL Cup final on Sunday means the team who finishes in seventh will more than likely gain a place in the qualifying stage of the Europa League for the 2017-18 campaign.
Koeman paid attention to this fact on his personal Twitter account right after the match, but it feels like the Dutchman has jumped the gun and this could end in a disaster for both himself and Everton.
— Ronald Koeman (@RonaldKoeman) February 26, 2017
The battle for seventh place is currently still up for grabs with West Brom sat just four points behind the Toffees, but fans are now expecting European football next season with Koeman’s Tweet.
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It is felt that if the club now doesn’t finish within the top seven, which they haven’t done the past two seasons then it would be considered a failure, especially with the money spent.
Additionally, Tony Pulis is a very skilled manager in these head to head team battles as the Welshman sets his team up not to drop points, something which has served him greatly in his career with no relegation’s on his record.
Another point is that since November 5 the Baggies have gained more points (30) than Everton’s 26, meaning that the Midlands club could still make up those four points needed to overtake the Toffees.
There will now be a lot of pressure on the Everton players to achieve what Koeman has seemingly targeted and with inexperienced youngsters in the team like Tom Davies and Ademola Lookman they could still crack in an end of season battle.
Meanwhile, it is generally felt that if star striker Romelu Lukaku picks up an injury then that could severely damage Everton’s season and the club could return to the form they showed between September and December with just one league win from 10 fixtures.
However, there will not be any excuses for the Dutchman after his confident Tweet and examples like this one may be the reason most managers stay away from social media with them being the first to lose their job once a problem occurs.
In other Everton news, this Toffees attacker confirmed his return to training following an injury on Instagram.