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David Unsworth ready to revive Everton’s dogs-of-war mentality | Paul Wilson

Former centre-half can bring back bite but a harder task will be to get everyone at the club, including the owner and chairman, pulling in the same directionDavid Unsworth has been in charge of Everton for only a week but has quickly become adept at sa…

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Ronald Koeman’s Everton story exposes shortcomings of the post-Cruyffians

Like Frank de Boer and Frank Rijkaard, Koeman is the latest in a line of managers to stumble outside the Ajax and Barcelona models in which they were schooledLong before he was sacked, a criticism of Ronald Koeman at Everton was that he seemed to regar…

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Ronald Koeman says he is ‘disappointed’ by Everton sacking but thanks players

• Koeman also pays tribute to club’s directors and fans following dismissal• Everton confirm David Unsworth has been placed in temporary chargeRonald Koeman has said he is “disappointed” at his sacking by Everton. The manager was dismissed on Monday wi…

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Ronald Koeman was not the only culprit, but Everton have lacked identity | Andy Hunter

The Dutchman may not have seen the end coming on Monday, but he had overseen a shambolic start to the season after a muddled transfer windowRonald Koeman finished his last, brief, funereal press conference as Everton manager with a dismissive: “Write w…

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Ronald Koeman not bowing to pressure at Everton despite Arsenal humiliation

• Koeman still believes he can reverse fortunes of club after 5-2 defeat• Farhad Moshiri expected to speak to the manager on SundayA defiant Ronald Koeman claimed he was still the man to arrest Everton’s alarming decline despite a 5-2 home defeat again…

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Arsenal’s win at Everton leaves Wenger thrilled and Koeman agitated – video

Arsène Wenger hails his Arsenal side after their 5-2 win over Everton on Sunday while Toffees manager Ronald Koeman insists he is the right man to turn things around at Goodison Park. Everton have now lost three of their last five in the league and fin…

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Everton have lost their identity and need to get back to basics against Arsenal | Paul Wilson

Ronald Koeman has presided over a difficult start to a season in which his team of too many No10s seems to lack purpose following the loss Romelu LukakuMidway through the Europa League defeat by Lyon at Goodison on Thursday, just before the fighting br…

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Ronald Koeman’s close shave shows he is not deaf to Goodison Park gripes

Everton manager demands more quality in home game against Arsenal to ease growing unhappiness at his expensive team’s performancesIt is part of Ronald Koeman’s routine to tweet before and after a match but he does not dwell on the reactions among his 1…

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Everton set to face Uefa disciplinary action after brawl in Lyon defeat

• Ashley Williams sparks melee with shove on Lyon goalkeeper• Ronald Koeman: ‘I think players were acting out of frustration’Everton look likely to face Uefa disciplinary action after their Europa League match with Lyon descended into a melee, with a f…

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Bruno’s blunder is a Brighton body blow as Everton escape with a 1-1 draw | Paul MacInnes

Chris Hughton’s tactics were working perfectly until his captain conceded a late penalty for an inexplicable charge at Dominic Calvert-LewinWithout having access to Brighton defender Bruno’s inner monologue, or tucking a microphone into his beard, it’s…

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Everton’s Lukaku-shaped hole leaves praise of summer buys looking hollow | Paul Wilson

Ronald Koeman was applauded for his swift summer recruitment but his failure to replace Everton’s most important departing player shows the pitfalls of judging a team’s health by their transfer activity

An ancient cliche was conspicuous by its absence when Everton’s owner, Farhad Moshiri, gave Ronald Koeman a vote of confidence the other day. Older football followers in particular might have noted that in reporting it hardly anyone used the word “dreaded”.

Presumably it is safe to say votes of confidence are still dreaded, because no manager particularly wants one and they still tend to mean what they always meant, that the stay of execution will be terminated anyway if results cannot be quickly improved.

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Everton’s Lukaku-shaped hole leaves praise of summer buys looking hollow | Paul Wilson

Ronald Koeman was applauded for his swift summer recruitment but his failure to replace Everton’s most important departing player shows the pitfalls of judging a team’s health by their transfer activity

An ancient cliche was conspicuous by its absence when Everton’s owner, Farhad Moshiri, gave Ronald Koeman a vote of confidence the other day. Older football followers in particular might have noted that in reporting it hardly anyone used the word “dreaded”.

Presumably it is safe to say votes of confidence are still dreaded, because no manager particularly wants one and they still tend to mean what they always meant, that the stay of execution will be terminated anyway if results cannot be quickly improved.

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Ronald Koeman given time to solve the Everton crisis he largely created

After receiving a vote of confidence, the Dutchman must use the international break to turn round a disjointed side which veers between defeated and dull

From the biggest investment in Everton’s history to a vote of confidence in the manager by 2 October. This season was always liable to test Ronald Koeman’s managerial skills given the number of new faces, the sale of Romelu Lukaku and a punishing schedule, but few would have anticipated him floundering so badly, so quickly. It is he, not Everton, who must implement change during the international break.

Related: Everton’s Farhad Moshiri: Ronald Koeman has my total support

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Everton chairman Farhad Moshiri: Ronald Koeman has my total support

• Dutchman handed vote of confidence after Sunday’s home defeat to Burnley
• Moshiri: We have great fans and they deserve better

Everton chairman Farhad Moshiri has offered his “total support” to manager Ronald Koeman and insisted they will recover from a slow start that has seen the Dutchman’s side lose four of their opening seven fixtures in the Premier League.

Burnley’s first win at Goodison Park since 1976 left Everton in 16th place and has piled the pressure on Koeman after the disappointing 2-2 draw against Apollon Limassol in the Europa league last week. But Moshiri, who spent almost £140m on new signings during the summer, was adamant that the former Southampton manager is the right person to arrest their slump.

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Ronald Koeman defiant over Everton future after home defeat by Burnley

• Dutchman says players are working hard and results will come
• Wayne Rooney ‘accepted’ being demoted to substitutes’ bench

Ronald Koeman claimed his future as Everton manager should not be questioned despite his expensively assembled side suffering a fifth defeat in eight matches with the 1-0 home loss to Burnley.

Pressure and criticism is growing around Koeman at Everton after a series of weak performances, questionable team selections and poor results; the latest coming on Sunday when Jeff Hendrick’s goal gave Burnley their first win at Goodison Park since 1976.

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Ronald Koeman can only wish Everton were in as good a shape as Burnley | Paul Wilson

Everton spent £130m in the summer but recent results have been poor and the pressure is on the manager and team to perform against the Turf Moor side

Ronald Koeman told reporters in midweek that he was not prioritising either of his club’s forthcoming fixtures in the Europa League and the Premier League; he expected to win both of them. Apollon Limassol having dealt a crushing blow to that idea at a deathly quiet Goodison Park on Thursday, the Everton manager now finds himself and his players under a certain amount of pressure to perform against Burnley on Sunday afternoon.

Related: Ronald Koeman says Everton are ‘scared to play’ after Apollon Limassol draw

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Ronald Koeman says Everton are ‘scared to play football’ after Euro flop

• Apollon Limassol hit back to draw with 10 men
• Everton record worst-ever Europa start by English team

Ronald Koeman delivered a scathing assessment of Everton’s Europa League draw against Apollon Limassol as he accused his team of being scared to play football and being “in a difficult situation”.

Everton were held to a 2-2 draw at Goodison Park after Héctor Yuste, who gifted Wayne Rooney a first-half goal, headed in an 88th-minute equaliser for a visiting team reduced to 10 men moments earlier. A point at home to the lowest-ranked team in Group E, following a comprehensive 3-0 defeat away at Atalanta in the opening game, means Everton have made the worst ever start to a Europa League group campaign by an English team. And despite starting without pace and a recognised wide-man in a 4-4-2 formation, Koeman again blamed a lack of confidence for Everton’s latest ponderous performance.

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Everton’s Ronald Koeman warns James McCarthy over Ireland call-up

• Midfielder has yet to play for Everton this season due to knee injury
• Koeman warns McCarthy ‘not to take risks when it is not necessary’

Ronald Koeman is keeping an eye on James McCarthy’s call-up to the Republic of Ireland squad and has reminded his injured midfielder – yet to appear for his club this season – that he expects all his players to put Everton first if there is a question over fitness.

“What I expect from every Everton player is not to take risks when it is not necessary,” the Everton manager said. McCarthy is recovering from a knee injury and is just coming back to full training, so there was a degree of surprise at Martin O’Neill’s decision to bring him into the Irish squad for forthcoming internationals against Moldova and Wales.

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Oumar Niasse finally measures up for Ronald Koeman’s underachievers

• Niasse arrives from bench to give Everton win over Bournemouth
• His attitude was perfect, says Blues manager Koeman

Oumar Niasse collected his man-of-the-match award and left Goodison Park wearing an Everton tracksuit on Saturday. Nothing remarkable there – he is, despite Ronald Koeman’s best efforts, still an Everton player after all – although the striker’s attire underlined the speed of his transformation from outcast to saviour. Unlike his team-mates, Niasse does not have a club suit to wear.

The Senegal international was not part of Koeman’s squad when they were fitted for suits in the summer but Everton have ordered one for their £13.5m signing in time for Burnley’s visit on Sunday. It is the least they can do. The manager should ensure it is tailored to perfection, and leave a thank you note in the pocket.

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Everton sense chance to clear their heads after weeks of muddled thinking

Bournemouth are the visitors on Saturday, with Ronald Koeman’s side in improved spirits after the midweek League Cup win over Sunderland

There was a small victory for perseverance at Goodison Park on Wednesday when Oumar Niasse received a rousing reception from the home crowd and returned the compliment with a fine first goal for Everton. There was also no clearer indication of Ronald Koeman’s predicament or his club’s muddled transfer strategy than the chant of “Oumar, Oumar” that echoed around the old ground against Sunderland.

Everton added seven players to their senior squad this summer at a cost of almost £140m. Yet here was Koeman, having decided to withdraw the 20-year-old Dominic Calvert-Lewin, turning for the first time as Everton manager to a striker he told to find another club after 45 minutes of a pre-season friendly against Jablonec 14 months earlier.

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