Manager pleased with Dubai workout

Friday 17 February 2017  7 Comments  [Jump to last]
Ronald Koeman has expressed his satisfaction with Everton's mid-season training camp in the United Arab Emirates this week which culminated in a friendly win over FC Shenzen this morning.

The Blues ran out 4-0 winners thanks to goals by Ross Barkley, Enner Valencia (2) and Arouna Koné and Mateusz Hewelt's penalty save that ended the trip on a high note.

“I think we had a good week," Koeman told evertontv. "Good conditions to train [although] not to play today because it was really tough with the sandstorm this morning but I think the boys showed great attitude.

“We played well, made some good goals and the whole team performance was good.

“I'm very pleased with the attitude of the players, you know, because it's at the end of the week and most of them are a little bit tired. But they showed a professional attitude and that's what you want as a coach.”


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Steve Ferns
1 Posted 17/02/2017 at 23:31:27
Been watching the highlights of the trip on Everton TV. I think we're starting to get that right. I think we could get more content up though.

I like the Everton show. Tonight's episode was good and I didn't realise just how good a job Denise Barrett-Baxendale does. The FA need more women on their board, they'd do well to appoint her, providing we can keep her too of course.

Joe O'Brien
2 Posted 18/02/2017 at 00:58:21
Not being smart, Steve, but what does she actually do? I know she's on the board but haven't a clue what's her role... again I'm not being a smart ass.
Terry White
3 Posted 18/02/2017 at 02:52:58
Joe, if you spent a bit of time looking at the official EFC website you will get some idea of what Denise "does". As Steve Ferns rightly points out she does a tremendous amount of work heading up Everton in the Community. – this is what she "does", Joe.

Charlie Lloyd
4 Posted 18/02/2017 at 07:57:52
I said on another thread how being in Dubai with the Koeman's wouldn't turn into much of a holiday and quite rightly may I add. From the clips and interviews I've seen, the players were worked hard physically and indoctrinated mentally in the Koeman requirements. This trip was not one to go down in folklore for dubious reasons (please refer to Mark Ward's decent book of the 80s 90s trips).

Quick mention of the Everton show (on Everton TV or YouTube). Decent stuff with interviews with Erwin Koeman and David Unsworth recently. Plus focuses on the U23s quite a bit.

Last point. No matter how big or successful the club may become, things like Everton in the Community and the work of people like Denise Barrett-Baxendale can only be applauded. Keep up the great work.

Joe O'Brien
5 Posted 18/02/2017 at 08:07:20
Got it. Was just lazy not checking it out on my part. Impressive read in fairness.
Steve Ferns
6 Posted 18/02/2017 at 09:13:44

Watch from here Joe. Cracking stuff and makes you proud to be a blue. The u23s play at Goodison on Monday. It's free entry, but the club are seeking donations from the fans for their "Home is where the heart is campaign" which seeks to raise £230,000 for young homeless people in the city and that video describes that they are close to fulfilling a dream to buy a house on Goodison Road for the project.

Joe O'Brien
8 Posted 18/02/2017 at 10:19:29
Thanks Steve what a great watch and proud to have donated afterwards. Is there any other club like ours? Proud to be a blue doesn't come close. We support an amazing club.
Some great work being done by Denise and the back room staff, I think our previous board member (Robert Earl) had me become skeptical and lose interest in what they actually do.

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