I watched a couple of Youtube videos on the official Everton and Toffee TV Channels last week.
Both got me thinking about team spirit. If you watch Everton players return for the first day of pre-season training at Finch Farm, even players who seem surplus to requirements seem happy and able to gel with their teammates after a time away. (Mirallas/Williams). So from that video, things seem ok. Although maybe some of those players are just aware they are on great contracts and can sit in the stands being well paid for it.
However if you take the pic from Koeman's time of a dressing room full of players with their heads down looking at their phones, you can see a team that retreats within itself. We had too many characters like that last year also who once we went a goal behind or got into difficult positions, they did not stand up and be counted and instead protected themselves by being the grey man or playing awfully. (Williams)https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/everton-koeman-phones-communication-instagram-12302063
Then I watched Derek Mountfield on Toffee TV a couple of days ago talking about Howard Kendall taking the team for Fish and Chips and a few Beers with his other coaches playing good cop/bad cop whenever a player or the group needed an arm around their shoulder/ What Degs said reminded me of Claudio Ranieri at Leicester/Southgate at England/Otto Rehagel (Greece), because if you can foster a togetherness and great team spirit you can make an average/decent team into a very good one. In Ranieri's case it was Pizza with the players and a one game at a time relaxed style/attitude. Southgate generally just seems to have got the players bonding and removed the inter-club rivalry that previously went on between players in the national team.
As Degs said doing this now in the age of camera phones, social media and where players cannot break wind without being criticized for it, is pretty difficult. They have to stay in their houses on their own frequently. But I really hope Marco Silva can make the players gel off the pitch as well as on it because for me its fundamental to success in competitive sport.