Koeman: It's a long-term job

Friday 30 December 2016  20 Comments  [Jump to last]
On the eve of Everton's final fixture of 2016, Ronald Koeman has been speaking to the written press about why he left Southampton for Everton, what his aims are for his new club and whether he has found it a bigger task than he had originally thought.

Koeman believes that there is a huge difference in size between the Blues and Saints FC and he told the Telegraph's Chris Bascombe "Every weekend every press conference is busier here than it was in Southampton. That is the history and the expectation. It was quieter in Southampton - a good quiet but sometimes too quiet."

Koeman then went on to talk about his ambitions for the team this season and in future seasons. "This season we need to finish around a position where the team is now. But everybody knows the normal ambition of the club [to go higher] is also my ambition.

But it needs to be a realistic target and that is difficult. Sometimes the people are not always realistic when you need time to improve and you need time to get a better team. When I spoke to Everton I realised the situation of the club and the challenge to move them on. I knew at the time that it was difficult. It is a long-term job - not for two weeks or two months.

Responding to questions relating to whether or not his current players are playing for their Everton futures Koeman said “We play the games now but in the long term you want to make the squad stronger than it is now. It is all about performances from individual players. You make choices about what will happen now and to the end of the season.

“We'd like to improve and to make the team stronger and then finally you go for the best players. If you have that quality in, then you keep that, but in several aspects we need to improve and we will do that.

Having acknowledged that there is an interest in bringing Charlton's Ademola Lookman to Goodison, Koeman added “It is always difficult in January, more difficult than in summer. We sign players in positions where we need better quality or more competition but it is always difficult. It is not about the number of players.

Quotes from The Telegraph

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Mark Andersson
1 Posted 30/12/2016 at 08:36:31
Koeman sounding like Moyes... maybe Bill just dug out the old scripts.
Jay Doyle
2 Posted 30/12/2016 at 09:00:43
Wasn't it Chris Bascombe who wrote a report for the Red Echo on a past derby match, without mentioning Everton's name once?
Andy Meighan
3 Posted 30/12/2016 at 09:06:21
Yes Jay that's Bascombe. I remember us drawing at Anfield once under Moyes and he absolutely tore us to shreds. One bitter fat-headed prick who is now trying to become a serious journalist Once a gobshite always a gobshite as far as I'm concered.
Dave Abrahams
4 Posted 30/12/2016 at 09:25:24
Jay. (1) most probably, he was a massive Red, who later worked for the News of the World, owned by Rupert Murdoch, along with The Sun, showed him up a bit, I was told by another Echo reporter that, when Liverpool lost, it was like a death in the family to Chris Bascombe.
Paul Burns
5 Posted 30/12/2016 at 09:32:49
Sums up the Echo, don't buy it like poolies with the Sun, let it die.
Brian Williams
6 Posted 30/12/2016 at 09:55:32
You only have to look at recent headlines to see that the written press in general have a twisted favouritism towards "certain" teams.

When Rooney had a few too many during his rest time at that wedding, when he knew he wasn't playing in the next game, he was slaughtered.

When a certain other player breaks the law by driving while drunk and putting members of the general public at risk the backpage headline in a certain paper, after he scores in a recent match, reads "the drinks are on me." A fucking disgrace.

Dave Ganley
7 Posted 30/12/2016 at 10:03:58
Yeah Jay, that's right, in fact that report off Bascombe finally put me off the Echo. It was disgraceful really, full of bile and hate directed in Evertons direction. He reported all of Everton's chants (granted not very nice) whilst conveniently ignoring the RS.

Think the game ended in a draw and he absolutely slaughtered us. Awful reporting from a supposedly local paper.

Remember there was an awful lot of complaints about it but nothing was ever done about it. Considering it was around the time that the derby games were getting nasty with the fans, that report was just throwing flames on the fire.

The man is just horrible. Don't ever read any of his shit anymore.

Tony Abrahams
8 Posted 30/12/2016 at 11:14:27
Brian, on my way to Southampton, during Martinez, first season, and we still had a chance of 4th? When I picked up a national newspaper to see front page headlines about a local gangster threatening Ross Barkley, even though after reading it, it was clear the story was old news.

The very same week, Brendan Rodgers, whose team were going for the league, was confronted by his son wielding a cricket bat, at his new bird's house. The same women he had left his wife for after meeting her working in the offices of Anfield? It got ten lines on page 16!

Patrick Murphy
9 Posted 30/12/2016 at 11:27:31
My take on Koeman's 'long-termism' is that if, as we all hope, the club gets the green light to move to the docks, the team that the manager assembles in the next few years will be in a position to challenge at the higher echelons of the league.

I assume that is what the 'project' will turn out to be, whilst we as fans want a decent team playing good football in the here and now, the money men will show patience if it means that they have all the pieces in place at the right time.

As for Chris Bascombe he is just one of many RS supporters in the press and media, so unfortunately we have to sometimes read their articles or listen to their broadcasts if we want to know what's happening at Everton FC.

Dave Williams
10 Posted 30/12/2016 at 11:50:27
The same thing struck me, Brian – I try to avoid watching them but I tuned in to their game v Stoke whilst at a loose end and was amazed that the commentators seemed to be almost revering Firmino for being able to put his escapade behind him and play so well.

This will only change when we once again become the best team on Merseyside and have a state-of-the-art stadium. Our image has to change into winners ,then the press will be begging for news and interviews.

Dermot Byrne
11 Posted 30/12/2016 at 12:35:38
I couldn't give a shit what the media say. In all aspects of life, if you take what they say seriously you will drive yourself mad. Or end up voting for UKIP or someone like Trump.

In the end 90% of the media report according to the vested interests of the owners/shareholders. That applies to football too. I bet each paper or network could produce stats that show their readership (including online across the world) has more people interested in the reds that the blues. Hence they cosy up to them. Still a worldwide legacy of when the reds won everything a few decades ago when the owners and journalists were little boys and girls.

I read the press for amusement but not for facts and balance and in many ways I would hate it if we became darlings of the tossers who make up that industry.

Have faith, we will flourish soon despite them and to force them to acknowledge us will be a joy.

Dean Adams
12 Posted 30/12/2016 at 14:44:53
Dave Williams

In that game the commentator pointed out a foul which he suggested was a yellow card type foul, unlike the "Ross Barkley" type red card foul that he got away with. If, anyone missed it, he repeated it several times and he sounded angrier each time.

That is the level of shit our players have to live with, let alone anyone loosely connected like the fans.

Mike Green
13 Posted 30/12/2016 at 14:56:28
My gut feel is we seem to be getting slightly more coverage since Moshiri and Koeman came in but it's minimal. Dermot (#11) is absolutely correct about the legacy of the Shankly / Paisley years – every sports desk must be rammed silly with Liverpool fans given the coverage they get – and it's all about money in the end; more Reds fans = more coverage = more Reds fans and so it goes on.

Point in case today in The Times. There is a 6" x 2" box by Paul Joyce at the bottom of p.61 on our game tonight. The whole of p.62 and 63 (so more prominent in sporting terms as closer to the back page) are dedicated to Liverpool's game tomorrow (which surely could have waited until tomorrow's edition?), written by Chief Football Correspondent Oliver Kay with the emphasis being very heavily on the LFC side of the debate, a column by Paul Joyce three times the size of our pre-match report on Klopp's "success at combining passion with possession" (complete with photo of Klopp) and a section by Bill Edgar explaining his formula as to why Mane is the signing of the summer – complete with 10" x 5" photo of him in action bedecked in home kit to pull the whole section together nicely.

These aren't sports sections – they're LFC fanzines.

Mike Green
14 Posted 30/12/2016 at 15:01:31
Oh, and a column on Phil Scraton turning his OBE down too.
Dermot Byrne
15 Posted 30/12/2016 at 17:18:30
The worst thing Mike is that in 5 years the same journos will be waxing lyrical about how traditional old Anfield reflects a golden era of top flight football. They will probably call us new upstarts because we have the best located stadium in the PL in the middle of the shiny Peel development.
Hopefully the RS get sick of that image and move to Skem !
Chris Williams
16 Posted 30/12/2016 at 17:30:50
Chris Bascombe and the rest of the grisly red gang can kiss my arse.
Stan Schofield
17 Posted 30/12/2016 at 18:12:00
I'd never heard of the 'journalists' mentioned above until I read the above. The best way to handle media shite is to ignore it. Don't mention them at all, or give them any attention.

I stopped reading newspapers in 1980, and I read The Guardian. Papers like the Sun are okay for lighting fires.

Tony Rio
18 Posted 30/12/2016 at 18:19:48
I read a good article in the summer by a Dutch journalist who knows Ronald well. The gist was that his next job (before he joined us) will be the "big one" in Koeman's mind and will only leave southampton for a "top club" he believes he can achieve everything he wants with. Sounds like the "project" is what he sees and what's been sold to him.

The new stadium is the big one, and let's see some cash being spent (which I'm sure we will). All this is at least a 3 or 4 year plan, so that's what he's looking at as minimum stay with us.

Over to you, Ronald lad, to deliver over the coming years. Personally I'm wetting myself at just the prospect of a water front stadium. Imagine the bitter Reds!!

Thomas Lennon
19 Posted 31/12/2016 at 11:28:06
Beautifully put Dermot (#11) – exactly that.

I just found some figures that also describe exactly why we cannot hope to compete for the top for some time yet. The table at http://www.transferleague.co.uk/premier-league-last-five-seasons/transfer-league-tables/premier-league-table-last-five-seasons shows the gross and net spend on players (only capital spend, not wages) of all Premier League clubs over the last five years.

The sobering fact is that both Manchester clubs have spent close to ten times as much as Everton every year. Add on wage bills three timesours and you start to see why success is expected at the other end of the M62.

We are 15th biggest spenders – so we could argue that we are outperforming our spend very comfortably - as we are also currently doing for our wages spend. In order to join the top pack of four we need to spend five times as much. In order to compete with Liverpool we need to spend three times as much.

No owner can spend 㿲 million year and 𧴜 million a year on wages out of their own pocket – the only way it can be done is by boosting profits and investment. However there are exceptions - obviously Leicester for one but also Tottenham who appear to have balanced their books in terms of capital spend on the team and yet are steadily rising into top 6.

Spurs our new model?

Ian McDowell
20 Posted 01/01/2017 at 14:10:06
Watching Spurs easily brushing aside Watford just reaffirms my belief that the top six sides are currently head and shoulders above the rest of the league.

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