Everton fans have been drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern during the international break following their side’s woeful start to the season.
The Merseyside outfit have won just two of their seven Premier League matches to sit 16th in the table, a start which has significantly increased the pressure on manager Ronald Koeman.
A winless start to their Europa League group stage campaign has hardly helped the mood among our resident Evertonians either, but they may be encouraged by a recent report from The Daily Mirror, which outlines some comments from Koeman with regard to the Netherlands job.
The Dutch failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup during the international break following a campaign which saw them win six of their ten qualifying matches, but defeats to France (twice) and Bulgaria saw them finish third in the group, and thus miss out on a runners-up play-off place.
And that failure, their second successive World Cup qualifying debacle, has called into question the future of manager Dick Advocaat, and as such Koeman has been one man linked with taking over the Oranje.
However, the Everton chief has played down the speculation by affirming his commitment to the Toffees in his pre-Brighton press conference.
He said: ‘I’m not surprised they put my name in because they did the same some years ago.
‘But I am Everton manager. That’s the most important thing. In the future? It’s not realistic now.
‘We have other business to do with Everton. We need to change our situation in the table. That’s the priority for the long term.’
These comments are sure to intrigue Toffees fans up and down the country, some of whom have been frustrated with Koeman so far this term given their poor start, yet others feel that he deserves time to turn things around.
But one thing appears certain, he won’t be Netherlands manager anytime soon.
Landlord’s verdict: Netherlands failed to qualify for the World Cup for the second time in a row during the international break, finishing third behind France and Sweden in their qualifying group.
And, unsurprisingly, that failure has cast doubts over the future of manager Dick Advocaat, and promoted Everton boss Ronald Koeman as one of the favourites to take over.
However, the Dutchman has pledged his commitment to the Toffees and indeed to turning things around at Goodison Park, especially as fans are beginning to grow restless with the former Southampton chief’s tenure at the club.
Victory at Brighton on Sunday would go some way to quietening those frustrations though.
Everton fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!