Following a dismay performance in the last few weeks by Everton, Ronald Koeman still has faith in his team and knows they can turn around the season and start getting positive results. He admitted that the past month had been a “tough period”, with Everton suffering three Premier League defeats and losing their opening Europa League group stage game in Atalanta.
Nevertheless koeman was happy with Wednesday night’s comfortable Carabao Cup 3 – 0 win over Sunderland – and is aiming to engineer an upturn in league form when Everton host Bournemouth on Saturday.
“You always have tough periods as a manager,” said Koeman. “In football, you win today, then lose a few games… things change so fast.
“We had a difficult period at Southampton – and then a difficult period here last season. Tell me one manager who has never had a tough period?
“Every season, we have one. Now let’s hope that is behind us and we can move forward.
“But even when you have a negative period, it is a learning point… even bad experiences can be good for the future.
“The most important thing for every manager is the connection with the players. If you still feel you have that good connection with the players and they are committed, that is the key point. I have that.”
Everton face AFC Bournemouth at home, and will be hoping for the win.