Everton Lose At Home As The Pressure Mounts On Ronald Koeman

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The under-fire Dutchman is now the odds-on 2/5 favourite in the Premier League Sack Race, and after being dealt the "Dreaded Vote of Confidence" from shareholder Farhad Moshiri, he could well become the top-flight's next managerial casualty following September's sacking of Frank de Boer (Crystal Palace). The "only unexpected loss", said Moshiri, leaving the unfortunate impression that defeats against Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United were not, despite having spent nearly £140m on seven additions to the first-team squad this summer.

It left Everton two points above the drop-zone with just two wins in their opening seven league games.

On Thursday (28 September), after Everton conceded a late equaliser to draw 2-2 against Apollon Limassol in the Europa League, Koeman admitted his side were "afraid to play football" and acknowledged they would go into the global break on a very downbeat note.

Seamus Coleman and Yannick Bolasie are huge losses, I would also say Ross Barkley, but lets not forget Koeman has already told him he can leave the club.

Koeman lost Romelu Lukaku in the summer, but he spent around £140million on new recruits, who have yet to gel at Goodison.

"The four pre-qualifying UEFA [Europa League] and two group games on Thursdays haven't helped".

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Everton will try to mend things in January when they are expected to make a move for a classic striker and that's where West Ham forward Andy Carroll steps in.

Koeman is the odds-on favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post, but Upson does not think the Toffees should act rashly. There is mental and physical fatigue and seven injuries.

However, he played down fans expectations after their stunning start: "We have to be honest, we're certainly very pleased with the start and that's far as it goes, but it's a long season ahead".

"Not disappointed with the commitment of the players today because I think it was totally different. But that's football and I accept that way of thinking". We had many crosses, we had many headers and we created good chances but we were not lucky. Failure to win there coupled with anything other than 3 points at home to Lyon four days later and the tricky Carabao Cup game at Chelsea the following week becomes a must win game.

"There are no Barcelona statements, I can assure you", said manager Sean Dyche.

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