Clanger mate, we have had a poor patch of form. We started the season unbeaten in 19 or something and hen couldn't win a game for the next 10. It's why we not top 4. Since the new year we have been on a brilliant run. So Koeman has already got us out of a poor patch and motivated players etc.
What I meant was when you do everything like you've always done (or at least so you think), but still things don't work out for you. When you feel that you've got things right tactically, the players have the ability and the fitness to carry it out, yet you still can't buy a result. Players start to lose faith in your methods, the fans are getting on your back and you've got to stand in front of the cameras after another midweek loss away at Watford or somewhere, and convince everybody that you've got a handle on all this and can turn things around.
The sort of situation that took Moyes half a season to climb out of, and for Martinez, well he never did. Once the players lost their confidence, that was it. When telling the exact truth in public doesn't necessarily help, but neither is pretending that things are just fine.
If Koeman can deal with these blips quickly and without losing credibility, we're onto something really good.
Yes, we were poor at the end of last year but we also had some ready-made excuses and mitigating factors, not least of all the "new manager" honeymoon period.