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'Koeman has my total support' - Everton owner backs under-fire boss after poor start to season

Everton suffered another defeat yesterday at the hands of Burnley.

SEVEN GAMES IN and only two points off the bottom three, the problems continue to mount for Everton manager Ronald Koeman after they slumped to another defeat at home to Burnley yesterday.

Everton v Burnley - Premier League - Goodison Park Ronald Koeman during Everton's defeat yesterday to Burnley. Source: Anthony Devlin

Ireland internationals Stephen Ward and Jeff Hendrick combined for the only goal of the game as Burnley consigned Everton to a fourth loss of the season.

But despite a chorus of boos ringing around Goodison Park after the loss, Dutch boss Koeman has received support from the club’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri.

Koeman made a string of signings during the summer with Gylfi Sigurdsson, Michael Keane, Jordan Pickford and Davy Klassen amongst the big-money captures.

Yet the positive results have not followed with Moshiri admitting the club ‘are in a bad moment’, when speaking to Talksport today.

“We are in a bad moment, but we have played the four title contenders – three of them away. Burnley was the only unexpected loss.

Everton v Burnley - Premier League - Goodison Park Everton and Burnley players after yesterday's game. Source: Anthony Devlin

“The four pre-qualifying UEFA [Europa League] and two group games on Thursday’s haven’t helped. There is mental and physical fatigue and seven injuries.

“These are early days and Koeman has my total support. We have great fans and they deserve better. We know the expectations by our honest and objective fans and we will not let them down.”

Everton now have a break from action due to the international break before next in the Premier League facing Brighton on Sunday 15 October.

After that they have a crucial Europa League fixture against Lyon on Thursday 19 October as they are currently bottom of Group E with just a single point from their two games to date.

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