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Tactical change because 11 against ten is a different game. He [Davies] lost many ball in 20 minutes. He lost more balls than the last two weeks.feedback
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May 21 2017
We found 84 articles in which Ronald Koeman said something. The most recent Ronald Koeman’s quote is: “Overall the season is really positive. I think first of all we need more numbers in to be prepared for a long, tough season with different competitions. And I think we need more aggression in the team. The big point is to get in players who will have more productivity. I am hopeful and expect that we can change that for next season.”. In addition, all sources we refer have quoted Ronald Koeman 254 times. On this page, you will find all of Ronald Koeman’s quotes organized by date and topic.
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We will go on and we're looking for players in that position. If he stays there will be more competition.feedback

I believe the players need at least three weeks' holiday and maybe I will decide that some players could even come back later than July 3.feedback

The difference is that the team will be better fitness-wise than it was at the start of this season. The players also know the manager, they know the way we like to train, and the intensity we like to put into our training sessions, and that's different than it was last season. I also know the players better than I knew them last year so there are lots of differences in a positive way. We planned things two months ago to start on July 3. The players need a holiday (once this season finishes) and some may still be on international duty up to June 13.feedback

I had a short meeting with Bill (Kenwright) last Tuesday evening, and we spoke about the situation with Ross. I think it's his responsibility and the responsibility also of his agent to say yes or no because that's what the club needs to know because we can't wait until the last moment, it's not good for the player and it's not good for the club. I need to talk more with the chairman and the board of the club and I will do that after the weekend.feedback

He is working well, he is training well and he is doing his best but maybe the time he needed to give the club the right answer is in my opinion a long time ago. Maybe he has doubts about whether to stay, I don't know. If you wait so much time then you have doubts.feedback

The board of the club, Everton as a club, we have a big ambition to win titles and to make the next step. Everybody understands the next step is difficult.feedback

To come to the level and situation we have now is one thing, but the next step to get to the level of the big teams and the competition is difficult.feedback

We offered him a contract. They had several meetings about a new contract and this is the contract. We don't go and go and go. This is what he needs to sign if he likes to stay. It is still one week, eh? Time for him to decide because the board is already working a long time to sign Ross for a longer period. It is up to the player because we won't wait until August. It needs to be next week, because if we go for a holiday we need to know if we need to sell the player. I like to work with players who like to stay. It is up to the player - he needs to make a decision.feedback

I don't know it's up to the player and he needs to make a decision.feedback

Everyone knows that I am from Barca, they know my love for a club where I grew up as a player and as a person. In football, as in life, as in business, everything can be talked about and discussed. In my life as a professional coach I have two dreams to fulfil. One, coach the selection of my country, Holland (he was previously assistant to Guus Hiddink for the 1998 World Cup). My other wish, my other dream, is to one day coach Barca. That's the truth.feedback

I now owe to Everton. We have a very powerful and exciting project and we will reinforce our best to try to reach next season the Champions League.feedback

Someone as meaningful as I am with Barca, with its history, I could not.feedback

In my life as a professional coach, I have two dreams to fulfil. The first is to coach my country, the Netherlands. I would have been able to do so, but my contract with Everton prevented me. I would never coach Real Madrid, although I have a respect for the team and the institution – it's impossible.feedback

If it is a long-term problem he will have our long-term support. Aaron still has one or two years more of contract [it is one year] and we will support him and help him to come back. If it takes time, it takes time, but we will do it. We won't drop the support to him. Of course, we would like to see him back but what is important now is for him to be like he was. Life, health, is more important than football.feedback

It is a private matter and it is best we keep it inside between the club, the player and his family.feedback

He is not in a physical way to be part of the team.feedback

It is a difficult system to play against. They are really experienced, they know how to wait, and then they are really clinical. They do not need many chances.feedback

We like to win for our fans, ourselves. If that means the title race is more open, that's nice for the Premier League but that's not the reason we like to beat them.feedback

We had only one game this season when we had no chance and that was Chelsea when we had no chance from start to finish to get one point out of the game. It was maybe one of the strongest performances of Chelsea and Everton were poor in all aspects of football. Of course that will be different this Sunday. We expect them to give so much more for this game. Tottenham have a difficult game against Arsenal at home, so don't make the mistake of being focused on games other than your own game. Spurs need to win also.feedback

I don't know, we will see at the end of the season. I don't know, we will see. Normally, no. The player always like to show the best of himself. We need to analyse offensive-wise what we need. We need the offensive players to score more goals, because the gap between Romelu and the rest in terms of goals is too big. Second top scorer is Kevin or Ross with four goals. We have nobody from midfield scoring 10 goals. We need more players scoring goals other than strikers.feedback

Our last game of the season is Arsenal away and still we have the possibility to catch them. The title is not done. We know the gap from second to first is four points. What happens this Sunday, yes, can be really decisive about the title race.feedback

First of all we like to keep the best players but that's difficult. We know that's difficult. I don't know at the moment if it's possible to keep them.feedback

I don't know if he [Lukaku] will stay, we will see what happens at the end of the season. We like to keep the best players. Lukaku always wants to show the best of himself. I think we need offensively more players who score more goals because the difference between Lukaku and the rest of the players is too big. Maybe we need to change our mentality because I felt a little bit less intensity, maybe less motivation [against West Ham]. It's always difficult if you have the end of the season feeling. That's what I don't like.feedback

But if we really want, we can make the players stick to their contract. That decision will eventually be made by the board.feedback

I am talking to the owners every week. We want to make the next step with this club towards a higher level. A lot is possible here and we want to bring in the best players we can get, players who will help us to play for a place in the Champions League. For next season we need a bigger squad anyway as we will be in Europe again. But keeping our best players is a prime target for me. We are doing everything we can to hold on to top players. I have been there as a player too. I know what it is like when a player has big ambitions.feedback

I cannot see Manchester United finishing in the top four. Zlatan's injury looks bad and when I look at the amount of matches they are having to play this season I can see them missing the top four. I have not been impressed by the way they play. The Europa League is a different calibre than the Champions League. The fact that Man United were struggling to beat a team like Anderlecht proves what kind of season the club is having. Everton now have the resources to keep every player, including Lukaku, who has a contract for another two years.feedback

I did not need to tell [Tom] what he had done right. The whole world had told him that.feedback

I don't talk about interesting players. It's a really interesting process for players and we know we'll have competition with bigger clubs. It's always difficult.feedback

He will learn with each season. He's a local boy and the local boy will have more critics than any other player in the team most of the time. That's sometimes difficult for him. He's even had criticism from his manager. That's football.feedback

I think he was focussed on football for the rest of the week. He was one of the team who started not well in the game and struggled to adapt to the way Burnley played. They were the better team and it took us thirty minutes and after that I saw the Everton that I like to see.feedback

He will learn from what happened. I did some stupid things myself when I was 19, 20, 21. If you learn from mistakes, that is good. He is a human being and the best way for him to forget what happened is to play football. He was focused on the football side for the rest of the week and this afternoon. He was one of many in the team who started not good and struggled to adapt to the way Burnley played. They were the better team. It took us 30 minutes and after [that] I saw the Everton I like to see. It is a good win.feedback

I can understand his celebration because what happened last week had really a big impact on him.feedback

It helps now because I think he's really performing at his best. It's all about competition and the performances of the players. We don't have big competition at the moment because we have lost Seamus and Ramiro Funes Mori, two defenders, but if he plays like he is playing now then I don't have any doubt about Phil. If we qualify for Europe then there will be a different season than this season. We will play Thursday-Sundays and of course in that situation you need and we will get a stronger squad than we have now.feedback

Now he is playing again his attitude is perfect! I'm joking but of course it was a difficult situation for him in the beginning of 2017. He wasn't getting game time and it was difficult. After that he changed his attitude and he accepted, and he could see the different direction the club is going.feedback

He is one of the defenders really involved in the season of Burnley. It's not easy to score and it is not easy to create against them. They have good organisation and it will be hard to create open chances against them. I think he's one of the young centre-backs with a great future.feedback

I'm not involved [in the negotiations], but I know that the board is talking to his agent. We need to know the answer before the end of the season.feedback

Everybody has seen the difference between this season and last – the club is going in the right direction.feedback

No [I don't know where Lukaku wants to go]. Maybe I wait for the call from Drogba to tell me where he wants to go. We will offer him the contract that is good, that is normal for the player. I think with how he is improving this season, Everton is the best place for him. I spoke to Ross several weeks ago and he mentioned his ambition is the Champions League and I told him I have the same ambition and I think we are going in the right direction.feedback

I spoke to Ross and he knows my feelings. It is not necessary to talk again about a new contract. He knows what I like. I also told the club we like to keep the player because he is really a player for the future of the club. The rest is up to the board to get an agreement.feedback

Before the end of the season I think is the most ideal situation for the club to know what happens with the boy because if you don't sign a new contract, then we don't [want] him going through the last season of contract. I think for players it's normal business. OK, but if you still don't know that decision by the end of the season then something is wrong. You have situations like in Holland when players don't sign a new contract and don't leave. They wait until the Bosman and they go for free. That's the worst scenario and you don't accept that at Everton.feedback

I go out, yes, but in other places and when people don't see me it's better. We spoke about that. Maybe it's better to stay away from these kind of places but, OK, it's difficult because then always you like to have a normal life. Also as a football player you know you're a famous boy in Liverpool – so stay out of that, and maybe it's the best lesson he's learned even last weekend. But we will see.feedback

We offer him a new contract and then [there are] two possibilities. One, he signs that contract. If he doesn't sign that contract, then we need to sell the player. It is simple, it is not so difficult in my opinion. We try to keep the best players. We have spoken a lot about Ross and Rom because they are really important. Most of the time their quality can be the difference between Everton and the opponent, like it was [against Leicester]. You need those kind of players on the top level because they make the difference.feedback

We know Rom is a great finisher but Ross played really well between the lines, with a great view of the game and a nice assist. I think he should have scored one too but he played very well. They [Barkley and Lukaku] were outstanding and that is what you want to see – your best players performing that way. But the whole team performance was outstanding as well.feedback

Romelu Lukaku is one of the best strikers in the world. Everybody knows he is a key player for Everton and we will try to do everything to keep Rom here at Everton but the final decision is always with the player. Of course he has two more years' contract but everybody in football has his own ambition in football. We will try to do everything to keep him. I cannot change anything in him about how he finishes opportunities and scores goals because in my opinion he is the best finisher. He is improving other aspects that the team needs and he is going in a good direction.feedback

We will try [to keep them] but the final decision is always by the player. Of course the situation with Ross is different because he has one more year of contract and Rom has two more years of contract, so it is a different situation. We try to do everything to gather a really strong team to get really competitive with the big six teams in the Premier League. What we have shown until now in our first season is the first step and that will continue for the next season. They will have a picture of that belief and the direction we will go in - that is very clear to everybody.feedback

Yes (he needs rest). He will not be playing in that tournament in the summer. Steve Walsh spoke to the people from the FA. Normally, in the future, he will be the Under-21s or even the (senior) national team. What I like to see is passion and they need to understand and support each other.feedback

I saw a reaction because I think we are too nice together and you have to talk – and maybe sometimes you have to shout. But I don't have a problem because it's an emotional thing. The two boys have spoken to each other because you need to win the game and afterwards be friends, but not on the pitch.feedback

We are fighting for European football, maybe that is something to realise for everybody. If you finish seventh, it's a really successful season. If we get more out of that, then it's fantastic.feedback

You can see with Gerard that it's still not there for 90 minutes. It's all about the work-rate of the player.feedback

United took all of the risk, but still we defended well.feedback

I am pleased by the performance but I did not expect a reaction from the derby because I was proud of the team. I still am. We had seven from 18 players aged 22 or under today. We got one point, maybe we deserved three, but a point is not bad.feedback

Before the game you'd settle for a point, but with how the game went we're disappointed. We played well - and had a lot of space on the counter-attack - we had to kill the game. We were terrific in our defending. Yes, it is really painful. It's a penalty, but one minute before the end, it's always painful. They didn't create open chances and I was really confident in our organisation. We missed the final pass in the second half.feedback

I'm not surprised [of his impact in the Premier League] because he's really that talented and strong. And maybe mentally he's one of the strongest players what I know. I still admire the boy. I know him really well and he is still showing really well at his age being still so important for the team and scoring goals, showing he's still one of the best - I have great respect for him. I managed Zlatan when he was young and sometimes also difficult! But, okay, that is normal. I'm also better now to handle for a coach than when I was 19.feedback

It was painful to lose in the last minute like that because Ashley Williams did a great job. We can't complain about the penalty. We made a few other defensive mistakes in the second half but we also created some good chances on the counter and couldn't take them. With a better final ball we might have had a second goal and three points.feedback

Zlatan is still one of the best and I still admire the boy. I know him really well, and he is still showing really well at his age, being still so important for the team and scoring goals, showing he's still one of the best. I have great respect for him. I'm not surprised because he's really talented and strong, and maybe mentally he's one of the strongest players I know. I met Zlatan three or four times in the last four or five months. If we speak about that time he knows perfectly how he was when he was 19 and how he is now.feedback

You can't compare a 23 year old boy with Zlatan now. Zlatan makes those steps through his whole career, but I don't have any doubt about Romelu mentally. I managed Zlatan when he was young and sometimes also difficult! He was funny but sometimes difficult because when I was at Ajax we had a lot of young players at that time - Schneider, Van der Vaart, De Jong, Heitinga, Mido, Zlatan, we had really big talents at that time, but all were 19 and driving Porsches, driving Ferraris. It was a new generation. It was good for me as a young coach at that time.feedback

He (Lukaku) knows by himself when it's good and when it isn't good like last Saturday. He was not performing what he can do, and what the teams needs. But it's difficult because he was travelling back form Russia at 5am in the morning. I don't criticise him and if I need to criticise I will do it one against one. Rom thinks a lot about football and he's really honest in his performances, but we had maybe three or four times in a counter attack and our last ball was not good. As a striker you need support and you need assists, but I think his work rate and his freshness was not 100 per cent.feedback

He's a young player making the best progress in the last few months and if we can keep that kind of player I think it is a really good signal to everyone.feedback

It's a case of well done, Tom. He is maybe the young player who has improved the most in the last few months. He went straight into the team performing at a high level and has kept his feet on the ground. We're really happy with his performances and, of course, proud. He's a young player and that's important for the rest of the academy - to show you can make that next step like Tom did and, if that ends with a new contract, it's perfect.feedback

Ross played in a little different position than he played in the last few weeks. Of course, he lost several balls in the midfield, instead of playing a little bit faster and no dribbling with the ball. He needs to improve on that, but not to take out one or two [players for criticism] and that was the problem last Saturday, that's not fair. It's easy to give your opinion in front of the television without any responsibility. I'm happy, I see a lot of progress in the club, in the team, it's a whole season, it's not one game.feedback

I'm really proud of my team. We controlled the game. I'm proud of how we played, that's the way I like.feedback

This is not the first time this has happened when James has joined up with Ireland, and it is really frustrating that James will now miss our game against Liverpool tomorrow, our game against Manchester United on Tuesday and will not be fit again for several weeks.feedback

James had an injury when he reported for Ireland duty last week. Our medical team made the Ireland medical team aware of this, of course. Everton's medical team advised extreme caution, not only due to the current injury but due to previous injuries, too. And the assessment by the Ireland medical team was that it would be high risk for James to play against Wales. But, of course, James has a strong desire to play for his country, so when asked if he was fit to play he said he felt he was fit.feedback

And he was selected to start the game by the Ireland manager who, in my opinion, in this instance was not protecting the player. Clearly, James was not fit to play. He had trained for only two days with Ireland and he broke down during the warm-up. Given the circumstances, given that he has started only one game in the whole of 2017, given that he had not been able to play for almost three weeks before the game against Wales - in my opinion he would need at least one full week of training before he could possibly be declared fit to play.feedback

But, of course, James has a strong desire to play for his country. So, when asked if he was fit to play, he said he felt he was fit, and he was selected to start the game by the Ireland manager who, in my opinion, in this instance was not protecting the player.feedback

Clearly James was not fit to play. He had trained only for two days with Ireland and he broke down during the warming up. I spoke to James, and he needs to take responsibility of this. But it is not the first time.feedback

I would keep him for next season at least. It is too soon, in my opinion. I don't understand football clubs when they have a manager in and they sign a contract for three years and after six months there is talk of a new contract.feedback

I would like to have more commitment from the player of Everton because we pay the player. It's always difficult because the player is between Ireland and Everton. But first you must do the best for your club. We spoke about what I want and what he wants. I think the player likes to play for Everton and play good for Everton. It starts with Everton. The first thing that is best is to first be fit.feedback

Seamus will face a lengthy recovery period and we will support him throughout this. He is a really strong character, has a great family around him and we, his extended family at Everton, will be here for him to help him get through this over the coming days, weeks and months.feedback

The fans love Rom. Everybody loves Rom. Of course we want to keep the best players. We're in a good position in this project and you don't sell your best players. The decision of the referee about the red card was too harsh I believe. But it gave us more space to kill the game and we did that. We now have the opportunity in two weeks to play Liverpool and Manchester United. If we want to do something more special this season then we need to beat the teams above us.feedback

We kept the momentum. But the final result didn't reflect what happened on the pitch.feedback

You can't do it one year, and we try to get the best players, but most of them like to play in the Champions League and we are still not playing there.feedback

I think we can make the next step next season. If we can move on and get in what we want to make the team really strong, I think we can battle with them, yes. See the difference between this season and last season - that's the first step. We have the same points now as last season. What more can we show? How long did it take for Tottenham to really be where they are now? Three or four years.feedback

It takes time. How long did it take for Tottenham to be where they are now? Three or four years. You can't do it one year.feedback

If we can move on and get in what we want to make the team really strong, I think we can battle with them (the top four), yes. See the difference between this season and last season. That's the first step. We have the same points now than last season. Can we show more ambition, stronger team, more points? Everybody knows you can't do this in one year.feedback

I don't think so because we need the support - every player who is starting needs the support. If the player shows his commitment in his football, then everybody can make mistakes. Then you realise it's no problem. But I think everybody needs to understand ambitions, and his situation I tried to explain - he's a professional player and his commitment maybe looks different because of two or three quotes in the press but he is young and we can see these things. If I look to this season so far, I think we can make the next step next season.feedback

What we like to show, and what also we tried to explain, is you need time. I think if we can do what we want to do for next season then I think we can make the next step, yet even if with more quality or competition in the squad or better players, doesn't mean you play Champions League football. Maybe Man United, Arsenal, City or Liverpool will not qualify for the Champions League and they pay money to play in the Champions League - it can be United or City or Arsenal or Liverpool.feedback

The final word is always to the board of the club and if we don't sell the player we don't sell the player. The people in the club are really strong enough to keep something and if we go to that direction it's the final decision by the board of the club. We spoke about this at the meeting that we had and I said it is not fair to speak about the club.feedback

I don't think it will be Chelsea or Tottenham but they spend money to play Champions League and one or two of them will not play in the Champions League.feedback

It's not about what will come after this Saturday. We are the big favourites at home, the pressure is on Everton but at home we are producing good performances. We need another this Saturday. If you are afraid to play at home that's the worse thing you can have as a football player. It's difficult to always keep that momentum, but we like to do it.feedback

It was no ultimatum. But football is a business. I think the player needs to understand this, it's not an ultimatum but I spoke to Ross about a new contract and it's up to the board to get that over the line. If not then the player could see a new future for himself, but that is normal, it's not strange talk.feedback

It's always dangerous because they fight against relegation. They need points. But it is all about ourselves. If we keep our level, it is difficult to beat Everton, and more so at Goodison Park.feedback

At Southampton we had Clyne, he did not have a new contract and we sold him. The player has to understand that if he doesn't sign a new contract, he needs to make a decision for the club so that they know what happens next year. Ultimatum is strong, I don't like that word.feedback

He has two years on his contract at Everton. Everybody knows there was an agreement and it's up to the board to get the deal done. I think when we start again after the international break the club will mention a message on how is Romelu. If the player shows his commitment to the team, club, fans, even not signing a contract, is no problem for myself.feedback

It was a good game for Jags in the way West Brom play. The team was defensively strong.feedback

That means maybe the people are watching Ross more to see what he is doing. Everybody knows and everybody sees that at this time he is playing really well.feedback

I think he is changing his style. I don't need Ross on the halfway line having eight touches on the ball. We have defenders, we have midfield players. We need players like Ross between the lines and close to the box. We need players like Ross to have shots, to have assists and that is one of his big qualities.feedback

The boy is so strong, so good on the ball. He is shooting left, he is shooting right, he is clever, he sees chances. Look to the third goal, he's trying to dribble but he knew already to make the assist for Romelu (Lukaku). That is what we need in our offensive game.feedback

He's improving. He has a lot more freedom now in the team. He's a fantastic player. [He was] outstanding.feedback

It starts always by yourself, don't look too much to other teams, if we win we come close but that starts with ourselves. It's a big test because [West Brom] are really strong defensively and everybody knows their productivity out of set plays. They have scored 36 goals, 16 out of set plays, 12 from corners and we know because they scored one against us. It's difficult and we need to be at our best and defend against the strengths of West Brom.feedback

First objective for Saturday is to win the game and make the distance [to eighth-placed West Brom] to seven points. That is a big gap and I still believe in when we win the next two games at home still something is possible above us in the table but that starts with six points and starts on Saturday to win the game. Arsenal are strong and they can struggle for a week or two weeks but they are strong and have good players and it will be tough to catch them but maybe after six points we come more close and maybe something is possible.feedback

The situation about these players who will finish their contract after one year, ok he [Barkley] is one of them and we will do everything to keep Ross and to sign a new contract. The talks are planned.feedback

I don't know [about Deulofeu]. We know that until the end of the season he is an Everton player and then we need to make decisions. Every question is about players for next season and it's not important at the moment. At the moment what is important is Saturday.feedback

I don't like to speak too much about the end of the season but if we finish seventh we can be happy.feedback

I try to be realistic about the situation of the team, its progress, and the project of Everton. It's only one game. To take conclusions is not good. We had six players under 22. Maybe that's something to see that, instead of expecting a Champions League team. They will learn from it.feedback

I was Southampton manager after Pochettino. I think he is doing a good job at Tottenham, but I don't like the questions about how he is doing or what he will do. They are one of the favourites for titles. Still in FA Cup, second in league, really strong. They are as strong as the rest of the big teams.feedback

It's all about what the player likes, what Manchester United need to do and we are not involved in that project. Every player who we feel can make the team stronger is welcome at Everton.feedback

I still think Wayne Rooney is playing at a high level and he made a good choice staying at Manchester United and in the Premier League.feedback

It was one tackle and they were crazy. They didn't need the physio on the pitch. It is not what I like. It is a man's sport and you have to have behaviour like that.feedback

It is part of football - I also saw some tackles from Lucas. That is all about football but we don't make a show like the bench of Liverpool about faults that happen on the pitch. We are different to them. We are more into the game and not as into referees, linesmen and tackles. It was football - a hard but fair game. Yeah [Klopp and I disagreed] because I don't like coaches from the bench the whole time shouting to referees and linesmen, making a big show.feedback

I am proud, really proud about the team. Of course we lost but the final result is not reflecting our performance.feedback

We have the numbers and he is the number nine that every manager would like in their team.feedback

I believe that yes [four points would see us challenge for the top four]. We need to show it and depending on the next two results, Liverpool and then Manchester United away on Tuesday, that makes our possibilities until the end of the season more clear. If you look at Everton since the start of 2017, we have had a great run of results. We have had the best results of all the Premier League teams, but we know that Liverpool and Manchester United away are really tough games.feedback

But we had a draw away at Manchester City and in my time managing Southampton we won against all the big teams. This Everton team is not less quality than that Southampton team was and it is football. You need to believe and you need to believe in the quality of your team-mates and you need to show that aggression and control your emotions, because that is also a really important part of the Merseyside derby. Everybody knows he is one of the best finishers. But he is also improving in his other qualities, he is working harder than he did, he is running more than he did.feedback

There has been a big difference in many years in derby results, but I think we are now more close to Everton beating Liverpool. The team will be ready on Saturday to give Liverpool a big challenge.feedback

We advised extreme caution. He was not fit to play. In my opinion, the Ireland manager in this instance was not protecting the player. I am not surprised but, yes, disappointed.feedback

He's better now but still not available for the weekend. I don't think he will be available for Tuesday but we have good hope that he will be available for the Leicester City game.feedback

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