Everton boss dismisses rumors regarding his exit

Edin Dzeko of Roma celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Serie A match between Benevento Calcio and AS Roma at Stadio Ciro Vigorito

Of his "good boy" McCarthy, Koeman is hopeful that he will have the combative midfielder back 'fit and available for next weekend'.

Asked if he was concerned, the Dutchman said: "Not more than I was because I know the games that we played, then you can concede that number of goals".

Many have been dumbfounded by the Dutch's fall from grace on the global stage, but Koeman thinks the reason for his country's decline is rather simple.

The Everton boss has been involved in a long-term, simmering stand-off with the Irish management team over their handling of McCarthy, who hasn't played a single minute this season because of a knee problem.

"The player had several problems physically and we tried to solve that problem".

The Toffees have lost just one of their last 19 Premier League fixtures against recently-promoted sides.

Pascal Gross has started life brightly in the Premier League.

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I am okay with the performance - it is not my job to judge the United performance. "I think United came here for the point and they got it".

"We lost quality, we don't have the top European players any more", Koeman said.

Former Oranje midfielder George Boateng suggested that it could benefit both Koeman and Everton if his compatriot chose to take up the reins in his homeland, but the former Southampton manager is only focused on reviving the Merseysiders and will hope to return to winning ways against Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday (15 October).

The Spaniard, who reportedly still has a house in Merseyside, also won the FA Cup and the UEFA Super Cup during his time in charge at Anfield.

Brighton also tasted defeat in their last match, suffering a 2-0 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates. He's trying to find his confidence. "I'm not interested in his comments", Koeman said. They deserve different results. "The fastest way to change the situation is to do your job every day and with a feeling of belief together".

Like Brighton, Everton will also be hoping to bounce back after a defeat before the global break, the Blues lost 1-0 at home to Burnley followed by a 3-0 loss away at Atalanta in the Europa League.

"They are really tough", said Koeman.

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