Ronald Koeman: Everton form not putting me under pressure

Ronald Koeman: Everton form not putting me under pressure

"James seems to be getting a lot of injuries at Everton, so I don't think we've anything to worry about in terms of how much we push James", said Keane.

Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane offered up predictably inflammatory comments during the worldwide break that were not welcomed by Everton, as he suggested once again that McCarthy's conditioning was not being helped by the Goodison Park medical staff.

Koeman had been linked with the role after the Dutch failed to qualify for next summer's World Cup, but said that his "long term" priority is at Everton.

We need to win and we need to change our situation and our position in the table and that starts on Sunday [at Brighton and Hove Albion].

Brighton will be looking to continue their good form at home as out of their three games at The AMEX so far they have won two and only lost one with was to Manchester City on the opening day.

And with Koeman's future uncertain at Goodison Park after a poor start to the Premier League season, the former Barcelona defender has been shortlisted as the ideal candidate by the KNVB to lead the under-performing national team into a new era. Yes we have some really talented players but the whole competition in Holland, the young players go too fast overseas. We had a great time, with big players and we dropped quality.

"Belgium and Germany have adapted and we still have to react".

"Sometimes, the worldwide break is good for everybody...it's important that they come back with a lot of positives".

"He's a good boy and an important player but we don't take a risk".

The 26-year-old was called up by Republic of Ireland but did not feature in the World Cup qualifiers against either Moldova or Wales. "That's good for him, that's good for us and let's hope he will be totally fit and available for next weekend".