Everton supporters in the Transfer Tavern were again left disappointed by their side after seeing the Toffees lose 2-1 at home to Lyon in the Europa League on Thursday night, a result which leaves their European hopes hanging by a thread.
Ronald Koeman’s men went into their clash with the French side having picked up just one point from their opening two group games, and really needing a victory to keep their qualification hopes alive. However, they fell behind early on after Mason Holgate fouled Marcal in the box, allowing Nabil Fekir to convert to give the visitors the lead after just six minutes. And although Ashley Williams equalised after 69 minutes with a header from Gylfi Sigurdsson’s free-kick, the hosts were to be denied as Bertrand Traore beat Jordan Pickford at his near post just six minutes later, condemning Koeman’s men to a sixth loss of the campaign in all competitions.
And as such the pressure has certainly ramped up on the Dutchman, and he’s probably not going to want to hear recent comments from former Crystal Palace chairman and now Sky Sports pundit Simon Jordan (via Sky Sports’ The Debate show).
The 50-year-old spent ten years as chairman at Selhurst Park between 2000 and 2010, in which time he oversaw promotion to the Premier League in 2004, although they were immediately relegated back to the Championship a year later.
And Jordan now appears occasionally on Sky Sports, and he gave his views on the current situation at Everton on The Debate on Thursday night, and was particularly critical of manager Koeman.
He said: ‘There are a lot of things about Everton that are right, I’m just not so sure the manager is.
‘Looking at him on the sidelines he looks dishevelled, he looks like he’s put on weight, he looks unkept.
‘He doesn’t look like somebody that’s in control of the situation.’
These comments are sure to intrigue our resident Everton supporters, especially as many have been losing patience with Koeman as the season has worn on, and have thus called for a change to be made by the club’s hierarchy.
As such, it remains to be seen how much longer the Dutchman has to turn things around at Goodison Park.
Landlord’s verdict: Everton’s wretched start to the season continued on Thursday night following a 2-1 defeat to Lyon, and has thus increased the pressure on manager Ronald Koeman.
And former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan, now a pundit for Sky Sports, was highly critical of the Dutchman on The Debate last night – comments which are likely to intrigue and perhaps resonate with the feelings of many Everton fans around the country.
That’s now six defeats in all competitions for the Toffees, and with their European campaign all but over, things aren’t looking good at all for Koeman.
And defeat to Arsenal on Sunday could well signal the end for the Dutchman at Goodison Park.
Everton fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!