Everton set to give the under-pressure Koeman time to turn things around

According to reports in The Telegraph, Everton manager Ronald Koeman is expected to be given time to turn things around following a poor start to the season.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Telegraph says that despite the Toffees losing their last four matches in all competition and lying 18th in the Premier League standings after winning just one of their opening five fixtures, majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri understands that it was a summer of change for the club and therefore is unlikely to make any rash decisions.

Despite spending £130m on new players during the summer having seen Romelu Lukaku leave for Manchester United, the Merseyside outfit have lost 2-0, 3-0, 3-0 and 4-0 against Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Atalanta and Manchester United respectively in their previous four games.

With European football the ultimate aim for the club this season, Koeman and Moshiri will be well aware that their fortunes need to change sooner rather than later.

The Dutchman’s job appears to be safe despite the odds on him being the next English top flight manager to be sacked tumbling over the weekend – he is now the second-favourite with a number of online bookmakers to be relieved of his duties next after West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic.

Are Everton right to give him more time?

Yes, they probably are.

While perhaps the Premier League performances and results have been unacceptable, the Toffees still have faced Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United in their last three fixtures.

That is never easy and having failed to effectively replace Lukaku during the summer transfer window, it could take them time to find the formula that will work in front of goal with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Sandro Ramirez.

The manner of the 3-0 loss to Atalanta in the Europa League on Thursday was probably the most worrying, and if a showing like that occurs again then Koeman may well find himself in danger of getting the boot.