Journalist furious at Sky Sports 'Everton-bashing' after inaccurate Ronald Koeman claims
Sky Sports have spent the week “Everton-bashing” after they followed up an incendiary interview from former manager Rafa Benitez with a new one from a predecessor in Ronald Koeman, according to Richard Buxton.
An exclusive on Wednesday (23 September) with the man who was sacked last season drew furious reactions as the Spaniard claimed he couldn’t change things because of his Liverpool history, and now another ex-Goodison boss has spoken about his time at the club to spark more just two days later.
And Merseyside-focused football journalist Buxton was less than impressed by the Dutchman’s claims of best finishes and struggles to compete with the big six in signing players.
Writing on his personal Twitter account in response to the clip of Koeman he said: “Clearly this is Sky’s designated Everton-bashing week after wheeling out Benitez and now Koeman to spout yet more unchallenged waffle.
“Who’s next, Anwar El Ghazi?”
Koeman had said to Sky Sports: “Everton is different because Everton tried. I was one and a half seasons at Everton, the first season we did well and ended sixth in the Premier League – maybe the best record in the last 50 years.
“It’s difficult though because Everton had the money, but it’s always difficult because if you try to sign good players or star players – if they can choose between Tottenham, City, Chelsea, Man United, Arsenal normally they will choose that kind of club and not Everton.
“Changing managers is not always the reason that it will be better. They are struggling in the last few years, fighting against relegation, and let’s hope that they come back up in the table.”
The Liverpool Echo have already noted that the former Barcelona boss’ “best record” claim is wrong as Roberto Martinez finished fifth, and David Moyes finished fourth.
Like the proverbial London buses you wait all this time for an unnecessary set of comments from a former manager and then two come along at once.
Koeman may not have been quite the nightmare that Benitez was at Goodison but neither will ultimately be remembered as roaring successes.
Why both feel the need to come out this and attempt to change that viewpoint is unclear, especially when the Dutchman went from the Toffees to his national team job and then to the Camp Nou, so if he needs to rehabilitate his image he has more recent ports of call to deal with.
That he is factually incorrect doesn’t help, and that it wasn’t pointed out for accuracy also helps to portray the club in a more negative light than necessary.
It is unusual for one broadcaster to secure major sit down interviews with well known managers back-to-back in such quick succession, let alone ones talking unflatteringly about the same club.