Koeman has clashed with Ireland boss Martin O'Neill over the matter but it was assistant Keane who weighed in during this worldwide break.
"We are in a hard situation but it's one thing to come out of this and show fight like we did today", Koeman said. "We were up against a very good Everton team, but at that stage I couldn't see them scoring". I'm not interested in his comments. "We also defended well against the direct play of Brighton". And Benitez admitted he thought McCarthy was a "good player" when quizzed about the club's interest in the summer - though Everton's £25 million price tag means a deal quickly became unfeasible.
With Ronald Koeman struggling to get the Everton revolution off the ground, The Sun reports that the big-spending Toffees may be willing to entrust the club's future in the hands of a bonafide Liverpool legend.
- Six of the last nine goals Everton have conceded away from home in the Premier League have come in the final 10 minutes of games.
Koeman reported some of his players had returned from worldwide duty with knocks but there are not expected to be any new absentees from the squad. I ask him have any players improved under him?" tweeted a frustrated Joe Anderson, an Evertonian who also wrote, in another tweet: "Most fans wanted him [Koeman] so think he should be given a bit more time.
Koeman will hope the change of scene can help inspire a turnaround in fortunes for his side, who sit 16th in the table after four losses in their last five league games. He said: "I'm not surprised that they put my name in because they did the same some years ago. How we tried to block and not block the ball in two situations, first by Dominic - stay on your feet, don't go down - and the same for Morgan in the second situation". But I am now manager of Everton and that is the most important thing.