Koeman laughs off Christmas tree faux pas

Friday 2 December 2016  28 Comments  [Jump to last]
Ronald Koeman had to quickly make amends when fans criticised the amount of red in his Christmas tree after he shared a photo on Twitter.

The Everton boss responded in good spirits to calls from Evertonians on the social media platform to replace the offending decorations with white ones.

He was asked about his mis-step at his press conference ahead of Sunday's clash with Manchester United where he made light of his wife's choice of traditionally festive colours.

"OK, on the one side I understand the fanatic blue people. Of course I am the Everton manager and of course I'm a blue and will do everything to be successful at this great club.

"But I like a glass of red wine and if I drink a glass of red wine, I don't need to mention and to show I am a blue. But okay, it's funny and I don't take it too seriously because the last tweet was about what happened in life.

"What happened to the Brazlian football team... that's really news. But, again, that's a big mistake of my wife."  

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Colin Glassar
1 Posted 02/12/2016 at 17:40:55
To be honest I'm having real trust problems with whatever Ronald says, especially after he blamed his missus for the red Christmas tree decorations. Treegate will not be forgotten that easily, Ronald!
Mike Berry
2 Posted 02/12/2016 at 20:49:43
Anyone who takes umbrage at this can only be described as a sad "arsehole".

Seasons greetings.

Patrick Murphy
3 Posted 02/12/2016 at 20:51:39
I think some people are being ridiculous, a Christmas Tree has nothing whatsoever to do with Everton FC or its fans – if people want to wear a Blue Santa suit or a Blue hat instead of a red one that's their choice but to berate a manager for the colour of his Christmas Tree decorations in his own residence is going too far. It's not as if he dressed up in the other lot's kit or something is it?... or maybe he does when nobody's watching?
Stan Schofield
4 Posted 02/12/2016 at 21:03:12
The stick he gets on TW, or any he gets from his boss Moshiri, won't be anything compared to what he has to put up with from his real boss, his wife, after this.
Colin Glassar
5 Posted 02/12/2016 at 21:08:43
Well, it started out as a bit of a laugh on Twitter and then quickly degenerated into a bitter slag-fest. Bloomin' social media.

To be honest, it was Phil McNulty who kept it going on his Twitter account, winding people up.

Phil Walling
6 Posted 02/12/2016 at 21:14:30
Not the most popular manager we've had by a long chalk. Some way behind Bingham and Lee would be my guess !
Ste Traverse
7 Posted 02/12/2016 at 21:26:09
There's some Blues out there who'd criticise the colour of the Fire Engine that came to save them if they were caught in a house fire.
Stan Schofield
8 Posted 02/12/2016 at 21:45:21
Actually, judging by some of his recent directness, I'm surprised he didn't just emphasise who's the alpha-male here, and answer to his Christmas tree critics, "Mind your own fucking business. There's only one person who decides what I do, and that person is my wife".
Eric Paul
9 Posted 02/12/2016 at 21:53:14
I'm more concerned with his selection of players and formations than the colour of and where he puts his decorations... oh, and high-fives with Southampton players at half-time last Sunday.
Gerard Carey
10 Posted 02/12/2016 at 21:57:29
Maybe our Ron is a bit of a skinflint!? It could be from his last club and he brought it with him. You know, save a few bob, not on great wages and all that!!!!! :)
Paul Hewitt
12 Posted 02/12/2016 at 22:16:10
Phil @ 6, let's give the bloke a chance.
Darryl Ritchie
13 Posted 02/12/2016 at 22:29:48
That this is even being discussed, is a bit of a joke.
Michael Kenrick
14 Posted 02/12/2016 at 00:20:29
Someone should at least put Ronnie onto that Everton wine:

Everton Red

Or will the arbiters of Blue Righteousness nix that little pleasure too...

Colin Gee
15 Posted 03/12/2016 at 00:26:12
When I was a kid, Father Christmas wasn't allowed in our house as he wore red. He used to leave my presents outside the back door.
Darren Hind
16 Posted 03/12/2016 at 06:13:47
That's a proper upbringing you had there, Colin (#15). You clearly come from good stock.

Santa is RS, no two ways about it, and he should be treated as such.

Shaun Taylor
17 Posted 03/12/2016 at 07:17:15
Ronald should stick to Blue WKD instead of red wine as well.
Mike Green
18 Posted 03/12/2016 at 07:53:26
There's a tree under there somewhere – less is more Mrs K! Less is more!!! Good effort, and fair play to the Koemans for having a sense of humour.

I've got my own domestic issues to sort out though Ron – my missus dropped the bomb on me last week that she wants 5 (5!?) rooms decorating by Christmas Day. There won't be a drop of red in sight mind, I'm not doing any of them twice, schoolboy error.

Ian Jones
19 Posted 03/12/2016 at 08:31:38
My wife bought a red coloured holdall a few weeks ago. Pleased with her purchase, she showed it to me with that "It's just what we need" look.

The look on my face said it all. I explained that I wouldn't be using it due to its colour.

I have got used to using it now...


Eric Paul
20 Posted 03/12/2016 at 12:01:50
Michael @ 14

I prefer https://bluewine.uk

Paul Swan
21 Posted 03/12/2016 at 12:42:35
Sums up the season perfectly so far. Wrong formation and one big fairy up top.
Terry Underwood
22 Posted 03/12/2016 at 12:52:28
ESCLA members of a certain age will remember the Reverend, who would not eat tomatoes or tomato sauce. He would buy cheap trainers before going to Anfield then burn them. Could never work out if he was a hero or a twat.
Terry Underwood
23 Posted 03/12/2016 at 12:54:26
On reflection... twat.
Peter Fearon
24 Posted 03/12/2016 at 15:07:10
Reminds me of the day a new signing named Howard Kendall turned up for training at what was then Bellefield in his brand new red car. He was very quickly convinced to switch colours. And the rest is history...
John Wilson
25 Posted 03/12/2016 at 15:10:52
Colin @ number 1, and others: I think this 'blaming his wife' is called humour...
Colin Glassar
26 Posted 03/12/2016 at 15:18:18
Colin Gee, you obviously lived in a posh part of town. If we'd have left our prezzies outside the back door (even for a few minutes) they'd have been robbed by the neighbours.
Tony Draper
27 Posted 03/12/2016 at 16:18:10
Seems to me that, in the last few weeks, our Ronald has been educated that the straight-talking Dutch have much to learn from the "Shoot from the lip" Scousers.

Dis is good, I do tink.

Gerard McGregor
28 Posted 03/12/2016 at 21:38:54
It may be trivial fun giving Koeman stick about his red Christmas decorations but it shows that the fans are now on to him after his recent comments that have irritated most, if not all, Everton fans.

His comments irritated me because I follow Everton as a fan (and for well over 50 years) and I identify with them and want to share the glory of whatever success they achieve.

I am not really sure why that is so important for me. But it is probably because it gives me some kind of escape from the cynical real world. This would explain why it irritates to see an Everton manager who shows no signs or inclinations to play the game of being an Evertonian, during this brief period of his planned career path.

Moyes and Martinez understood that Evertonians expect their manager to be an Evertonian but this guy doesn't – he deserves a lot of stick.

Stuart Gray
29 Posted 04/12/2016 at 09:21:13
Moyes an Martinez also failed...

I couldn't give a shite about the colour of his Christmas tree, unless it can score 20+ goals a season.

The truth is Koeman isn't an Everton fan, Moyes pretended to be but was only to quick to rub our noses in it when he left, Martinez tried hard but nobody believed him either.

So what do we expect from a manager that we all knew would only be here for a few seasons?

Let him get on with the job, yes he's made mistakes which are giving me some issues when trying to like him, but the colour of his tree – give me a break.

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