Everton manager Ronald Koeman calm despite poor start to season

Under-fire Everton boss Ronald Koeman insists he is not feeling the pressure despite their disappointing start to the season.

Koeman’s side are 16th in the Premier League having lost three of their last four games in the top flight, including a 1-0 defeat at home to Burnley before the international break.

Everton have also struggled in the Europa League and lie bottom of Group E after a 3-0 loss to Atalanta in Italy was followed by a disappointing 2-2 draw at home to Cypriot side Apollon Limassol.

Everton 0-1 Burnley

But Koeman is refusing to panic, insisting he is “pretty calm” despite his side’s early season struggles.

“I accept that everyone is entitled to his opinion and as a coach I don’t run away from criticism,” he told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

“We know within Everton that we currently play under our level and that the results should be better.

“The moment I made the move from Southampton to a club with such ambitions, I knew I could be in a difficult situation if investments were not accompanied by results.

“I’m pretty calm with it.

Belgium defender Thomas Vermaelen has backed his old boss Ronald Koeman to turn things around at Everton

“I do everything with the rest of the staff and we work even harder to get those results fast.

“I have also said in England that I’m exactly the same coach as in the past few years when it went well.

“I make sure that the feeling with the group stays good and I follow the line we used.”