Ronald Koeman is confident he retains the support of Everton‘s board ahead of their crunch Europa League tie with Lyon.
The Toffees boss met with members of the club’s hierarchy, including majority shareholder
Farhad Moshiri and chairman Bill Kenwright, when they were at Everton’s training base last week.
Moshiri and Kenwright were on site to assess a recent redevelopment at Finch Farm, but they are yet to see the dividends from their significant summer investment on the playing side with Koeman’s renovated squad.
Everton have won just two of their eight Premier League fixtures and have taken only one point from their two Europa League games, with Lyon’s visit to Goodison Park on Thursday a potentially pivotal date in their continental campaign.
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36 secs ago
63′ – Memphis Depay tries to go down the outside of Michael Keane but, despite his superior pace, he can’t complete the take-on and the ball goes out for a goal-kick.
3 mins ago
61′ – Jordan Ferri replaces Nabil Fekir for Lyon.
Very little of note going on in terms of on-field action.
7 mins ago
57′ – Morgan Schneiderlin is off with an injury. Everton’s record signing Gylfi Sigurdsson is on in his place.
9 mins ago
55′ – Ademola Lookman goes into the referee’s book for a cynical foul on Fernando Marcal.
10 mins ago
52′ – Houssem Aouar dispossesses Tom Davies in a dangerous position deep inside the Everton half. He drives the ball forward before threading the ball through to striker Myziane Maolida, whose shot is blocked at the crucial moment by Morgan Schneiderlin. That should’ve been a second goal for the visitors.
17 mins ago
46′ – Everton threaten immediately down the right as Mason Holgate’s cross from the right is palmed away by Anthony Lopes.
Moments later substitute Ademola Lookman gets on the end of a cross at the far post but can only hook his effort straight at Lopes on the stretch.
19 mins ago
46′ – The second half is underway and Ademola Lookman has replaced Davy Klaassen for Everton.
34 mins ago
Half-time – Everton 0-1 Lyon
The referee doesn’t fancy hanging around. He brings the first half to a close bang on the 45-minute mark and Nabil Fekir’s early penalty is the difference between the two teams at the interval.
35 mins ago
45′ – Bertrand Traore cuts in on his favoured left foot from the right wing before sending a curled effort just wide of Jordan Pickford’s far post. Decent effort.
38 mins ago
42′ – Big chance for Lyon! Memphis Depay plays a neat one-two with one his teammates to bypass a couple of Everton defenders and get in on Jordan Pickford’s goal. However, the winger’s finish is tame and Pickford gets down to save it.
39 mins ago
40′ – Lyon centre-back Marcelo gifts the ball to Davy Klaassen in a very threatening position. The Dutchman gets a low shot away but Anthony Lopes gets down well to palm the ball away.
42 mins ago
37′ – Off the bar! Morgan Schneiderlin brings Nabil Fekir down 30 yards from goal and Memphis Depay’s strike from the resultant free-kick deflects off Tom Davies and onto Jordan Pickford’s crossbar.
45 mins ago
35′ - Kevin Mirallas has been Everton’s biggest threat so far tonight which begs the question: why hasn’t he feature more often this season?
48 mins ago
32′ – Tom Davies threads a lovely ball through to Kevin Mirallas in the Lyon penalty area but goalkeeper Anthony Lopes is quick off his line to smother the Belgian’s first-time effort. That was Everton’s best chance of the match by far.
52 mins ago
28′ – Lyon’s Lucas Tousart shows good technique to get a high volley on target from outside the penalty area but it doesn’t have enough on it to trouble Jordan Pickford. What time is it?
The game kicks off at the slightly unusual time of 8.05pm.
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Everton manager has fallen under increasing pressure (Getty) Team news
Aaron Lennon, Yannick Bolasie and Ross Barkley all remain sidelined and are not likely to be back until next month.
James McCarthy, Seamus Coleman and Ramiro Funes Mori are all long-term absentees. What have they been saying?
Everton manager Koeman: “Maybe I’m (already) in the crisis?
“But everybody knows in football the manager’s job is a really difficult job because things change really fast. Most of the time the manager doesn’t get time to improve the team.
“It’s football, it’s hard to take for the managers but it’s part of the job.”
Depay is one of Lyon’s star players (Getty)
Lyon forward Memphis Depay: “I think looking back…it’s not necessary right now.
“We have to look forward. I think I have spoken before in interviews, said what I had to say and now it’s on me to focus on what’s ahead of me.
“I’m very excited to be back, to play and I think it will be a good match. I’m very excited with what I can show to the people.”
What are the odds?
Everton to win: 8/5 Lyon to win: 12/5 Draw: 5/2
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