He's not going to go anywhere this season. We'll finish 7th or 8th, and that will be more than enough to keep him in a job. It's silly to call for his head, and I certainly wouldn't advocate that. I just get the feeling this season is going to be very bland and predictable, unless we happen to win a cup or go near to winning a cup.
I look around at other managers at clubs we're trying to compete with and a number of them have different strengths:
Klopp's a great man motivator who gets his players willing to run through walls for him. He also produces an exciting brand of football. Conte is a master tactician and innovative thinker in football terms. Mourinho is also a great man motivator and a very good tactician defensively. Poch is a very good tactician, very flexible and he improves almost everyone who plays under him markedly. Guardiola plays great football (admittedly with amazing players) and tries to educate and develop his players significantly. Wenger's not what he used to be, but at his best he improved his players significantly and played superb attacking football.
What's Koeman's vision and trademark?
He can organise a defence, granted, but plenty of average managers can do that. He's a pragmatist, and not massively wedded to a particular shape or style. Does he markedly improve players who play under him, with training and tactical instruction? I'm not seeing any evidence of that at all. What is his attacking plan with the ball? Has he got a discernible style of football that he's trying to drum into the players, like many of the most successful managers do? Not that I'm seeing.
He's into his pressing, although I'm not sure it's structured, intelligent pressing. I almost get the feeling he heard that we like pressing at Everton from Graham Stuart and Snods (in response to the Martinez dross), and decided he'd better try his hand at it, without really having a coherent plan for it.
He seems to love a long diagonal, judging by the number of them we play. What's our pattern of play in trying to break teams down? Where are we creating overloads on the pitch, to outnumber and hurt the opposition? We couldn't keep the ball against Ruzumberok at times. We couldn't keep the ball for long periods against Stoke. We couldn't keep the ball with a numerical advantage for a long time against Man City.
Yes, there are extenuating circumstances. We have some key injuries, we didn't get the striker we needed, we've got a really hard run of fixtures when trying to fit new players in. And it's far too soon to write Koeman off generally.
But...I'm just not convinced we're going anywhere special with him. To finish higher than 7th we need something to set us apart. I don't see any tactical innovation, I don't see a grand footballing vision, I don't see players developing massively under his tutelage. We've bought some good players, but he's far too obsessed with 'proven Premier League' as his criteria. Most of the best players in this league had never played in the Prem before they came here, so let's fuck that right off. There's loads of 'proven Premier League' players who are fucking rubbish.