Republic of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman has revealed that Everton manager Ronald Koeman is “never happy,” but that it’s a good thing for the players.
The right-back has been at Everton since 2009 and is a key figure in the team under Koeman. He has played 25 times in the Premier League this season, as the Toffees have risen to seventh place in the table.
Speaking to Everton TV about the manager, Coleman said:
“The manager is never completely happy, which is a good thing. He always sees something that needs to improve.
“I’m enjoying playing for him. He demands a lot from us every day and that’s what you want as a footballer.”
The 28-year-old pointed to the recent 6-3 win against Bournemouth as an example of Koeman demanding more from his team.
That match, at the start of February, saw Everton leading 3-0 at the break before allowing their opponents to get back into the game.
Despite the eventual victory, Koeman had a word with his players after the match and they ensured the same thing didn’t happen again against West Bromwich Albion last weekend.
“We learned a lot from that Bournemouth game.
“The manager had a word with us afterwards. He was glad we got the three points that day but he wasn’t happy with how the game unfolded. Against West Brom, we made sure they didn’t get back in the game.
“It’s something he has worked on from the start but when you do get a run of good results, it comes naturally. Everyone is enjoying what they are doing at the moment, which makes it easier.”
Everton are in a strong position to secure a Europa League place for next season, currently occupying the last qualification spot with West Brom seven points behind. However, Coleman isn’t worried about the teams chasing and is fully focused on climbing even further up the table.
“We’ve got to keep looking up the table. We know there’s a bit of a gap but you never know what can happen. We’ve just got to keep winning games.”
Koeman will be looking for another win from his side this Saturday at home to Hull, before the Premier League takes a week’s break.
During that period, Coleman will once again lead his country as they take on Wales in a crucial World Cup qualifier before a friendly international with Iceland four days later.
Peter Reynolds, Pundit Arena