Everton boss Ronald Koeman says that the situation at the club is not as negative as many Evertonians are feeling.
The Blues were held to a 2-2 draw in the Europa League last night and Koeman blamed his players’ fear which, today, he blamed on the pressure to win the game.
His side were booed off the pitch after throwing away a 2-1 lead against Apollon Limassol but Koeman said that, while he respects Evertonians’ right to be frustrated, he doesn’t feel it is as negative as others do.
“I don’t see it as negative as most of you,” he said at his pre-Burnley press conference.
“But emotions are a part of football, and disappointment is part of football.
“I showed that yesterday because one goal in the 88th minute is a different world and makes it a different wake up [this morning] for everyone who loves Everton.
“It’s not so negative and black as everybody is thinking.
“What I say to the players stays inside [the club] and I don’t have any problem with the attitude of the players. You have difficult times in football, you have moments in the game where the confidence drops.
“If it’s one player then it’s not a problem but if we start the way we did yesterday then it’s a boost in confidence for the opponent.
“Maybe the pressure to win the game [played a part] and it was possible to expect this situation when we first saw the fixture list.
“You can lose against Chelsea, Spurs, Man Utd but we’ve played ten more games and we’ve lost only one of those ten. You look at that as a positive. It’s not all so negative.
“I respect every opinion of Everton fans. It’s easy to support the team when the team is winning, it’s more difficult….but that’s in every place and every club.
“The fans are allowed to react and be frustrated, I was also. That’s normal.
“I’m too long in this job to lose my confidence. I’m worried how we can turn it around.
“But I’ve enough confidence to be the same manager as I was in the last six or seven years when I was successful.”