It’s not been the best of weeks for former Ajax players who then managed the club having both also played for Barcelona. While Frank de Boer was shown de door at Palace, who is seemingly on a mission to get the number of weeks in a job before getting the sack into single figures, some Evertonians were having similar thoughts about their own Dutch manager. Some even suggesting it was the worst display they’ve ever seen, even worse than the Walter Smith days. The connoisseurs of total football have been serving up total shite this season – no doubt about it, but it would be woefully naive to call for Koeman’s head. This run of games was bound to be a tough one, but the fashion in which the blues have struggled is alarming. Make no mistake, we were completely embarrassed by Tottenham. Poch’s Spurs played with the vigour and swagger of a team totally on song with what the manager wanted. I’ve spent many hours since the humbling trying my best to figure out what formation Koeman was trying to play. Kane hadn’t scored in August? Lucky for him Everton where there on hand as soon as September came to break his duck. Why does it only seem to happen to us? Don’t get me wrong I still have faith it can be turned around, it’s just that the ground we have lost early may very well be tough to claw back.
Up next for the toffees is the first group game in the Europa League away to Serie A’s surprise package last season Atalanta. Only bested last season by Juve, Roma and Napoli, the boys from Bergamo have a reputation for creating a lively atmosphere. Luckily for the toffees the game is being played 2 hours away from the usual home ground, with the stadium being deemed by UEFA unfit for purpose. They’ve had a ropey start this season like us, but having picked up their first win of the season on the weekend they’ll be in good spirits for the upcoming tie. Everton did reasonably well away from home in the Europa League under Martinez (let’s not think about Kiev….) and Koeman will be looking to continue that. I think the most important thing will be not to lose, as cliche as it sounds. But a defeat on Thursday would mean 3 on the bounce, and with a date with our old friend Romelu Lukaku on the horizon very soon, Koeman can ill afford to suffer another dismal loss. By the sounds de Boer’s reign came to an end after losing the dressing room, Ronny may have his own problems if he starts to lose the confidence of even more of the Everton faithful.