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Everton’s Ronald Koeman ready for criticism on Southampton return

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• Dutch manager returns fore first time to club he left behind in June
• ‘I cannot change opinions or the feelings of the fans’ says Koeman

Ronald Koeman has said he hopes for respect from Southampton supporters when he returns to St Mary’s Stadium but is unafraid of any hostility that awaits.

The Everton manager faces his former club on Sunday for the first time since moving to Goodison Park on a £6m per year contract in the summer. Koeman guided Southampton to sixth- and seventh-placed finishes in his two Premier League seasons in charge but, having made overtures about extending a contract that had 12 months remaining, angered the club by accepting Everton’s offer of a bigger salary and transfer budget. Farhad Moshiri, the major shareholder at Goodison Park, also met Southampton’s demands for £5m compensation for their manager, the assistant Erwin Koeman and the coach Jan Kluitenberg.

Related: Southampton v Everton: match preview

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Southampton v Everton: match preview

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A heavy defeat at Chelsea followed by a frustrating home draw with Swansea City means Ronald Koeman could do with a win on his return to St Mary’s with Everton. His successor at Southampton, Claude Puel, will hope that his team overcome their profligate streak. They need to start scoring more, as bad finishing jeopardised their Europa League campaign in mid-week and has cost them a lot of points in the Premier League this season. Paul Doyle

Kick-off Sunday 4.30pm

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Everton Under-23s to sleep rough at Goodison Park for homeless charity

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  • Squad, led by coach David Unsworth, to sleep at Goodison on 25 November
  • ‘Looking after the homeless is the right thing to do,’ says Unsworth

The Everton Under-23 manager, David Unsworth, has signed his entire squad up to take part in a sleepout at Goodison Park in aid of a homeless charity.

Everton in the Community (EitC) have organised the Goodison Sleepout on 25 November to raise money for vulnerable people across Liverpool. The under-23s will be joined by fans and business partners in sleeping in the Park End Stand.

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Football transfer rumours: Liverpool trying to sign Liverpool’s Gustavo Viera?

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Today’s tumbleweed is strong and it’s sudden and it’s cruel sometimes

In what must go down as one of the all-time great transfer rumours, word reaches the Mill of Liverpool’s interest in the Liverpool midfielder Gustavo Viera. The 16-year-old currently plays for the Liverpool that sit fourth in the Campeonato Uruguayo, as well as for Uruguay’s Under-17s, but could swap South America for Merseyside if Jürgen Klopp wins what seems certain to be a heated battle for his services. Viera’s abilities – and his handy Italian passport – have also got scouts from Everton (actual English Everton rather than the Chilean Everton) and Barcelona (not the one in Ecuador) all excited.

Talking of Everton, Torino’s victory over Crotone yesterday was apparently watched by one of their fine representatives, who had been sent to cast an eye over both the midfielder Deniele Baselli and striker – and former rumoured Liverpool target – Andrea Belotti, who scored twice in the last 10 minutes to decide the game, has five goals and two assists in his last four league matches, sits joint top of the capocannoniere standings with a total tally of 10, will turn 23 next month and has apparently been valued at £30m.

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Seamus Coleman breaks Swansea hearts with late equaliser for Everton

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Victory beckoned for Bob Bradley for the first time in English football and for Swansea City for the first time since the opening day of the Premier League season. But victory does not come easily to teams fighting for survival and a last minute header from Seamus Coleman ruined what should have been a significant leap forward for the men from south Wales.

Swansea were vastly improved on recent outings and Everton largely dreadful as Ronald Koeman came close to upsetting his own supporters not with talk of Romelu Lukaku moving onto bigger and better things or Liverpool’s title prospects but by overseeing a third defeat in four matches. Bradley will be consoled by the performance but not the point as his wait for a first win as Swansea manager stretched to five games.

Related: Olivier Giroud denies Manchester United and rescues point for Arsenal

Related: Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake scores only goal to bag vital away win at Stoke

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Everton’s Ronald Koeman singles out Romelu Lukaku over striker ‘doubts’

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• Everton manager tells Lukaku of need to improve all-round play
• Koeman lost temper two days after 5-0 Chelsea defeat

Ronald Koeman has said he harbours more doubts over the quality of Everton’s forwards than defenders following the emphatic defeat at Chelsea before the international break.

The Everton manager has spent the past fortnight stewing over a 5-0 thrashing at Stamford Bridge, the team’s heaviest defeat in more than seven years, and a performance that he admitted “went wrong in every aspect of football”.

Related: Ronald Koeman pokes hornets’ nest at Everton with uncomfortable truths | Paul Wilson

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Everton v Swansea City: match preview

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Bob Bradley has lamented the lack of leaders at Swansea, who are winless in their last 10 games, and it may deepen the sense of regret to see Ashley Williams in the opposition defence at Goodison Park. The Wales international faces his former club for the first time since his £12m move to Everton, who are also under pressure to react following a 5-0 mauling at Chelsea before the international break that manager Ronald Koeman described as “unacceptable in every aspect of football”. Andy Hunter

Kick-off Saturday 3pm

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Ronald Koeman states desire to see Romelu Lukaku stay at Everton

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• Koeman criticised for suggesting Lukaku should leave club
• ‘What we like to show Romelu is Everton will grow’ says manager

Ronald Koeman has sought to clarify his comments about Romelu Lukaku’s future by insisting it is Everton’s responsibility to improve and convince the striker he can challenge for silverware at Goodison Park.

Koeman came in for criticism during the international break, mainly from his own supporters, for suggesting Lukaku would not have fulfilled his potential if he finishes his career at the club. Koeman was quoted in the Belgian newspaper, HLN, as saying: “His potential is greater and higher than Everton as a final destination. If Romelu was to play at Everton until the end of his career I know he has left something behind.”

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Ronald Koeman pokes hornets’ nest at Everton with uncomfortable truths | Paul Wilson

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Ronald Koeman’s comments about Romelu Lukaku and Liverpool’s title chances were not diplomatic but Evertonians should not pine for the failed romanticism of Roberto Martínez

Welcome back to club football, the sort that does not have to apologise for forcing viewers to wait an extra day for I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!. Events have been unfolding during the international break and it transpires that some Everton supporters think Ronald Koeman should be gagged. They do not care for the tone of some of the manager’s recent remarks and believe club officials should step in to shut him up next time he starts saying Romelu Lukaku probably will have to move somewhere else to fulfil his potential, or suggests Liverpool might be playing well enough to win the league.

Not all Everton fans are up in arms, it should be stressed, but a quick visit to the usual Merseyside platforms for football news and chat will reveal quite a few comments to the effect that Koeman has strayed beyond the pale. It appears characteristically Dutch outspokenness was fine when the topics for discussion were the underperforming Ross Barkley or the out-of-favour Oumar Niasse, but not so amusing when the subject changed to his own future – Koeman was rash enough to admit he would like to manage Holland one day – or the other lot from across Stanley Park.

Related: Everton manager Ronald Koeman backs Liverpool for Premier League title

Related: Ronald Koeman: Romelu Lukaku has potential to play for European elite

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Ronald Koeman pokes hornet’s nest at Everton with uncomfortable truths | Paul Wilson

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Ronald Koeman’s comments about Romelu Lukaku and Liverpool’s title chances were not diplomatic but Evertonians should not pine for the failed romanticism of Roberto Martínez

Welcome back to club football, the sort that does not have to apologise for forcing viewers to wait an extra day for I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!. Events have been unfolding during the international break and it transpires that some Everton supporters think Ronald Koeman should be gagged. They do not care for the tone of some of the manager’s recent remarks and believe club officials should step in to shut him up next time he starts saying Romelu Lukaku probably will have to move somewhere else to fulfil his potential, or suggests Liverpool might be playing well enough to win the league.

Not all Everton fans are up in arms, it should be stressed, but a quick visit to the usual Merseyside platforms for football news and chat will reveal quite a few comments to the effect that Koeman has strayed beyond the pale. It appears characteristically Dutch outspokenness was fine when the topics for discussion were the underperforming Ross Barkley or the out-of-favour Oumar Niasse, but not so amusing when the subject changed to his own future – Koeman was rash enough to admit he would like to manage Holland one day – or the other lot from across Stanley Park.

Related: Everton manager Ronald Koeman backs Liverpool for Premier League title

Related: Ronald Koeman: Romelu Lukaku has potential to play for European elite

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Everton manager Ronald Koeman backs Liverpool for Premier League title

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• Jürgen Klopp’s team sit top of the table
• Koeman words come after Romelu Lukaku advice to leave club

The Everton manager Ronald Koeman has backed Liverpool’s title credentials and says they deserve to be top of the Premier League.

Jürgen Klopp’s side currently top the table – for the first time since May 2014 – and their attacking style has led to talk of contending for a first championship since 1990.

Related: Daniel Sturridge says: ‘I’m a team player for Liverpool and England’

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Roy Keane hits out at Koeman over Everton and Republic of Ireland row

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• Republic of Ireland assistant wades in on James McCarthy’s withdrawal
• Martin O’Neill’s players have first training session before match against Austria

Roy Keane has hit out at Everton’s Ronald Koeman after wading into a festering club versus country row.

Related: James McCarthy out of Republic of Ireland’s trip to Austria due to injury

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