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Ronald Koeman tells José Mourinho to “get realistic” – video

In a fractious press conference after his Everton side lost 4-0 at Old Trafford, Ronald Koeman told José Mourinho to “get realistic”, in reference to comments the Manchester United boss made in his column in the match-day programme. Koeman also suggested that if he can’t get his team to win in the four home games they have before the next international break, he should be removed from his job

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Ronald Koeman frustrated by José Mourinho’s top-four comment

• Mourinho says Everton should be aiming for top-four finish
• Koeman tells Manchester United manager to ‘get realistic’

Ronald Koeman told José Mourinho to “get realistic” after the Manchester United manager claimed before his side’s 4-0 win that Everton should be aiming for a top-four finish “at least” having spent £140m in the summer transfer window.

Goals from Antonio Valencia on two minutes, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, on 83, Romelu Lukaku, on 89, and an Anthony Martial penalty in added time put United joint-top with Manchester City, both teams having 13 points and 16 goals with two conceded after five matches.

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‘Worried’ Ronald Koeman calls Everton crisis meeting after third straight defeat

• Toffees manager demands senior players ‘stand up’ after poor run
• Everton have lost their last three games, including the 3-0 defeat to Atalanta

Ronald Koeman has called a crisis meeting with Everton’s senior players to address the shocking run of form that has left him “worried”.

Everton slumped to a third consecutive loss at Atalanta on Thursday when, despite Koeman demanding a reaction to Saturday’s 3-0 home defeat by Tottenham Hotspur, his expensively-assembled side trailed by the same scoreline at the interval.

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Mauricio Pochettino: Tottenham fully deserved 3-0 win over Everton – video

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and his Everton counterpart Ronald Koeman gave their verdicts following Spurs’ 3-0 win at Goodison Park, courtesy of a Harry Kane brace either side of Christian Eriksen’s strike. Koeman said it will take time for Everton to reach the level of Spurs

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Everton always faced struggle to finish in the top four, says Ronald Koeman

• Koeman further hindered by failure to land target man
• Everton manager prepares to take on team he wishes to emulate, Tottenham

Ronald Koeman makes no secret of his disappointment about missing out on his main striking transfer target in summer – believed to be Olivier Giroud – but is realistic enough to accept that even with a new line-leader Everton would have a tough job cracking the top four.

“Even with the best striker the top four is always going to be difficult,” the Everton manager said. “We can try but everybody else is making their squads stronger too. We brought in some good young players but we lost 25 goals through losing Romelu Lukaku and we need to replace that productivity. Players like Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Sandro Ramírez are going to get more chances because we missed out on our No1 target, but we have to understand Sandro is 21 and Dominic 20.

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Ronald Koeman ‘very disappointed’ at Wayne Rooney over drink-driving charge

• Rooney will be ‘dealt with internally at the appropriate time’
• Everton manager says Rooney will face Tottenham on Saturday

Ronald Koeman has said he is “very disappointed” at Wayne Rooney’s over the 31-year-old’s drink-driving charge and that the player will be “dealt with internally at the appropriate time”.

However, Everton’s manager confirmed Rooney would play against Tottenham on Saturday.

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Everton’s Ronald Koeman: clean sheet at Manchester City may be tough ask

• ‘If we get a clean sheet I don’t know if it will be a miracle’
• Everton’s strong defence face biggest test so far at Etihad Stadium

Ronald Koeman has praised Everton’s resilient start to the season but admitted it may take a miraculous performance to keep another clean sheet at Manchester City on Monday.

Everton have yet to concede in the opening four competitive matches of this campaign, a club first, having shut out Ruzomberok and Hajduk Split in the Europa League, plus Stoke City in the Premier League. Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane, the joint record signings until the £45m arrival of Gylfi Sigurdsson last week, have impressed in Koeman’s new-look rearguard but, with City having also strengthened this summer, the Everton manager believes his defence will face its sternest test so far at the Etihad Stadium.

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Everton still need striker despite record Sigurdsson signing, says Koeman

• Iceland international completes £45m move to Goodison Park
• Everton manager targets striker to replace Romelu Lukaku

Everton may have just broken their transfer record to sign £45m Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea City but as far as Ronald Koeman is concerned the club still has business to do before the transfer window closes.

Related: Gylfi Sigurdsson: tireless perfectionist will be worth the wait for Everton | Stuart James

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Everton will hold out for £30m for Ross Barkley, says Ronald Koeman

• Koeman wants full value of £30m for Ross Barkley if offers come in
• Paul Clement calls on Swansea and Everton to agree fee for Gylfi Sigurdsson

Ronald Koeman has told Ross Barkley’s suitors – including Tottenham Hotspur – that Everton will not accept a below-market offer for the England international towards the end of the transfer window.

Everton have yet to receive any bids for their homegrown midfielder despite him entering the final year of his contract and refusing to sign a new deal. However Spurs are expected to move for the 23-year-old, who has also been linked with Chelsea, with reports this week claiming their chairman, Daniel Levy, is prepared to pay £25m.

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Everton ease through in Europe but Aberdeen crash out after crowd trouble

• Calvert-Lewin scores late winner in Slovakia to seal 2-0 aggregate victory
• Aberdeen beaten 2-0 by Apollon Limassol and are eliminated 3-2

Ronald Koeman believes Dominic Calvert-Lewin could thrive in a two‑man strike force after firing Everton to a 1-0 win against Ruzomberok. The England Under-20s forward scored the winner in Slovakia as Everton booked their place in the Europa League play-off round.

Related: Leighton Baines rescues Everton as Wayne Rooney makes slow start

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Ross Barkley wants new challenge and will leave Everton, says Ronald Koeman

• Manager says Barkley ‘is not in Everton’s future’ and will be sold
• Midfielder has confirmed he will not sign new contract, Koeman says

Ross Barkley has signalled the end of his Everton career by informing Ronald Koeman that he will not sign a new contract and “is looking for a new challenge”.

The Everton manager has expected Barkley to leave his boyhood club since the end of last season when the midfielder failed to respond to an ultimatum to sign an extended deal. Koeman went further on Wednesday when he confirmed there was no way back for the 23-year-old at Everton and he fully expects the England international to be sold.

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Ronald Koeman seeks finishing touch to Everton’s £150m spending spree | Andy Hunter

Even if Everton capture Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea, the big-spending Blues must still land a prolific striker after Romelu Lukaku’s departure

Everton’s spending will break the £150m barrier should they finally meet Swansea’s asking price for Gylfi Sigurdsson but the cost of challenging the Champions League clique is likely to rise higher. Not even the return of Wayne Rooney to Goodison Park, with his throwback goal in Tanzania, deflects from the need to reconstruct Ronald Koeman’s attack following the exit of Romelu Lukaku. The finishing touches of an unprecedented spree could prove the most important.

Related: Swansea warn Everton over Sigurdsson and raise question of tapping up

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Wayne Rooney and Everton are well placed for a fruitful and warm reunion | Nick Ames

Everton fans have been booing their prodigal son since his departure 13 years ago, but the old warmth should not be hard to reignite

The Goodison Park roof was not quite wrenched from its fittings when Wayne Rooney made his return to Everton colours, but perhaps it loosened enough to sow the seeds for what passed two years later. Rooney had felt some apprehension before donning the kit for Duncan Ferguson’s testimonial in August 2015, aware that his presence had hardly been greeted with universal joy on those annual visits with Manchester United; when it came around, though, the applause was warm and the chants from the Gwladys Street Stand were lusty enough. If nothing else it suggested that, on both sides, the old feelings might not be so difficult to reawaken.

Related: Romelu Lukaku confirms Manchester United move as Wayne Rooney rejoins Everton

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Everton hoping early deals can help them bridge gap to the top four

Michael Keane’s arrival took Ronald Koeman’s summer spree beyond the £80m mark and the Goodison faithful will be hoping their manager’s decisiveness filters through to the team once the season starts

There is no doubt which Premier League club has made the quickest start in the race to do business in the summer transfer window. One might not go as far as Robbie Fowler, who believes Everton’s resolve and targeted investment are making the rest of the league look stupid, though there is plenty to admire in the way Ronald Koeman and his club backers go about their business.

Everton have made five major signings before most clubs are properly back from their holidays, even if Henry Onyekuru will be going straight out to Anderlecht on loan. The others offer straight-down-the-middle solidity, almost literally since Koeman has brought in a goalkeeper, centre-half and striker. Everton set their transfer record when they signed Jordan Pickford for a fee that could rise to £30m, though the former Sunderland player has long been regarded the best English goalkeeping prospect around and if he fulfils his potential he will soon start to look a snip even at that price.

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Everton in talks with Cuco Martina over signing Southampton defender

• The 27-year-old is out of contract at St Mary’s Stadium this month
• Koeman wants cover due to Seamus Coleman’s long-term injury

Everton have held talks with Cuco Martina over signing the Southampton defender on a free transfer.

The 27-year-old is out of contract at St Mary’s Stadium this month and open to a move having failed to secure a regular place in Claude Puel’s team this season, making only 18 appearances in all competitions.

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Ronald Koeman ‘not confident’ Ross Barkley will stay at Everton next season

• Midfielder has yet to inform manager if he will sign new contract
• Koeman: We need an answer after the weekend

Everton boss Ronald Koeman is not confident Ross Barkley will stay with the club but is “not worried” about the situation.

Koeman says the Toffees are looking for players who operate in Barkley’s position irrespective of whether or not the 23-year-old midfielder signs a new deal, with his current contract expiring in the summer of 2018.

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Ronald Koeman raises doubts over Ross Barkley’s future at Everton

• ‘It’s his responsibility and also of his agent to say yes or no,’ says manager
• Watford game on Friday could be player’s last Everton appearance at Goodison

Ross Barkley has been told by Ronald Koeman he has a responsibility to inform Everton whether he intends to sign a new contract and that the club’s offer is non-negotiable.

The midfielder has yet to commit to his boyhood club despite being in talks over a new deal for months and receiving an ultimatum from Koeman to decide his future by the end of this season. Everton host Watford on Friday, in what may prove to be Barkley’s final appearance for the club at Goodison Park, before ending the campaign at Arsenal a week on Sunday, but no resolution to the stand-off is in sight.

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Ronald Koeman wants Barcelona job but only after taking Everton into top four

• Everton manager says ‘I have two dreams to fulfil: coach Holland and Barça’
• Koeman linked with former club but insists he is committed to Everton

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has said he dreams of managing his former club Barcelona but insists he is committed to his current side, and wants to complete the challenge of leading them into the Champions League.

The former Barça defender, who spent six years at Camp Nou between 1989 and 1995, has regularly been linked with a return to his old club since Luis Enrique announced his departure at the end of the current season.

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Ronald Koeman tells Romelu Lukaku to show ‘best of himself’ against Chelsea

• Everton’s manager admits difficulty in hanging on to his best players
• Premier League’s leading scorer faces former club on Sunday

Everton’s manager has challenged Romelu Lukaku to show “the best of himself” against his striker’s former club, Chelsea, on Sunday and shape the destiny of the Premier League title.

Ronald Koeman’s side present arguably the toughest assignment for Chelsea in their pursuit of the championship having won eight consecutive matches at Goodison Park, with Lukaku scoring in his past nine appearances on home soil. The Belgian has been frequently linked with a return to Stamford Bridge after refusing to extend a contract that still has two years to run, and the manager admits it may be difficult to retain his best players this summer. “I don’t know, will see at the end of the season,” he said on the prospect of keeping the Premier League’s leading scorer.

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Ronald Koeman: I give young players a chance maybe more than English managers

• Maybe they are afraid to put young players in, says Everton’s manager
• ‘Southampton’s young players were not good enough long-term’

Ronald Koeman has accused English coaches of being afraid to blood young players and claimed a lack of talent was the only reason he stuck with so few at Southampton.

The Everton manager has drawn heavily on the club’s academy products and young signings during his first season at Goodison Park, with Tom Davies, Mason Holgate, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Ademola Lookman plus – more recently – Matthew Pennington, Jonjoe Kenny and Joe Williams all regular members of the first team squad.

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