Ronald Koeman says Everton followers are “anticipating an excessive amount of” and “residing within the past” after reflecting on his time at Goodison Park.
The Barcelona coach now joined the Toffees in the summertime of 2016 however was sacked after 16 months together with his side within the relegation zone.
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Wanting back on the Blues’ tenure, Koeman instructed Alan Shearer The Athletics: “It was troublesome, at that time, as a result of Everton is a membership, and additionally the followers, who typically expect an excessive amount of.
“I believe typically they nonetheless dwell within the past for the great seasons that they had at Everton.
“My first season was really good, Romelu Lukaku scored 25 league goals and we had great home video games against Manchester City, we beat 4-0, we beat all of the big ones and it was great .
“However to make the following step, that is the toughest one. We spent some huge cash, we signed Jordan Pickford, we signed Michael Keane, we signed Gylfi Sigurdsson and some extra players however the big failure was that we did not have a striker like Lukaku. That was very painful.
“We have been close to signing Olivier Giroud at that time. We lastly began with Dominic Calvert-Lewin as No. 9. At that time, he was too young, however when you see him taking part in now, he is really a great player and I like him.
“That was a really troublesome state of affairs – once we lost Lukaku, we lost 25 goals.
“That was troublesome and once we signed Wayne Rooney, we might have Davy Klaassen and another players in the identical place at that time. That was troublesome, however what we lost at that time was really a goal player. ”
Koeman said Everton was a way more intense expertise than its earlier place on the south coast of England.
He said: “It was very quiet in Southampton!
“I loved Southampton in that approach as a result of it wasn’t a lot stress. No, it is completely different. In Southampton, it wasn’t the identical weight as after I was a manager at Everton, and Everton did not carry the identical weight as Barcelona. ”