But seriously, I genuinely don't really speak to anybody saying give him more time. I'd love to understand the thought process, because I'm guessing these differences are based on different assumptions and approaching the season differently.
What did were your realistic expectations for this season once Lukaku had been sold? What were they once the transfer window closed? What are you realistically hoping Koeman delivers by the end of his 3 years here?
My opinions are obviously coloured by deciding that I'd have liked Koeman to be replaced after his first season in charge. Realistically I didn't see any hope of Everton finishing higher than 7th when the season started, I wanted us to get to the quarters onwards of domestic cups (excepting occasions like meeting Chelsea in an early round) and at a minimum get out of the Europa group stages.
By the end of Koeman's tenure, I'd like to see us able to compete with the top 6 and close the gap on them. Not necessarily finish in the top 6 - I don't think it's fair to set targets that rely heavily on other teams - but generally I want us to improve our goal difference year on year. If that's done by conceding fewer goals, fine. If it's done by scoring more goals, even better. If we've got ambitions of finishing higher, we better make damn sure that we're close to finishing with a GD of at least +20, we better make damn sure that we've got a plan in place that will see us score close to 70+ goals.
They are targets independent of another team's performance, they rely solely on Everton. I don't see any indication that we're going to get closer to a team or system capable of meeting them. In fairness though, I decided that before the summer barely began.
To be fair I feel like I've outlined them quite clearly above.
I thought we undersold and overbought. I thought the recruitment was poor and as I've said before I'd like a smarter man than me to look at the historical results of sides who've sold their best striker for thirty years, sides who've had wholesale changes and sides who have been trying to take a step up in level with such fierce competition. A cursory glance at milans season so far doesn't dissuade me that these are all factors.
I thought at the start of the year that 7th was both our minimum and maximum result. Anything less is failure, anything higher is unrealistic.
I think it takes longer than one window of over inflated spunking on mid table sides best players to turn around thirty years of penny pinching.
I know the lads at EBM have assured us all that net spend is meaningless but I'm not entirely convinced. Plus if we do look at wage amorticisation or whatever then I'm certain you'll see we are still light years away.
Unfortunately we've then had the problem of not replacing our best striker since we last won the league bar none hands down, having to change system anongst a mix of brand new players and youth players and a horrendous fixture list that has hindered them getting their groove and confidence together.
I said lose 2 out of the 4 home games and he'll be under genuine threat and I think past that if we're still struggling at crimbo he'll be under genuine threat.
I'm not particularly attached to Koeman and I do not think keeping him guarantees success but I think the argument above reads to me that time may breed confidence and understanding among the players which may heal quicker than ANOTHER upheaval in the form of bringing in another manager.