Sunday 18 February 2018 / 09:31 PM


In case you missed it, Everton lost 2-5 at home to Arsenal on Sunday, slipping into the relegation zone.

And I could be wrong, but I’d be surprised if Ronald Koeman survives for more than a couple of weeks.

The season began at Goodison with much optimism.

Rooney was back, the board had backed Koeman to the hilt, spending a small fortune to aid the Toffees’ assault on the top four.

But nine games in, Everton have just eight points, they’re 17 points shy off Man City in top spot, and a full eight points away from the Champions League places.

In other words, it’s not going to happen.

The question is, how much patience do the Everton board have?

This month, they’ve lost at home to Arsenal and Burnley, scraped a draw with Brighton and lost at home to Lyon in the Europa League.

At the start of the season, with their new recruits, Everton’s fans would have fancied their side against all of those teams.

Arsenal are a shadow of the side that was so successful 12 or so years ago; Lyon are a pretty average French side; Brighton are newly promoted; Burnley are a tough-to-break-down but nonetheless second half of the table sort of team.

And yet Everton have failed to beat any of them.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like things will get better for Koeman anytime soon.

On Wednesday they face Chelsea in the League Cup, and although the Blues will no doubt field a second string side, it’ll still be a tough encounter.

Next weekend, the Toffees travel to a Leicester City side who looked pretty good this weekend, and may be enjoying the ‘new manager factor’.

By the time November hits, and slightly ‘easier’ fixtures emerge, Koeman’s side could well be stranded in the relegation zone.

The question is: do the board have confidence in him to turn it around.

Koeman certainly has confidence in himself – that was evident by his post-match press conference, but one has to wonder how long the board will be prepared to stand by and watch their expensively assembled side toil away from home and at Goodison Park.

Surely it is time for the Dutchman to start earning his salary and start sorting his side out? Unless he does so soon, it seems very likely that the prospects of a Christmas in Liverpool are pipe dreams at best.

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