Everton defender Seamus Coleman believes that manager Marco Silva must be given more time at the club.
The boss Watford manager took over the reigns of the Goodison Park club last summer after Sam Allardyce was sacked.
Under his guidance, Everton have blown hot and cold this season. They have at times looked impressive, just as they were during the Merseyside derby on Sunday, which they drew 0-0 against arch-rivals Liverpool.
The Toffees are currently in tenth position on the Premier League standings with 37 points after 29 games.
Most fans of the club would have been expecting nothing less than a strong finish on the top half of the table this season – some would have even been hoping for a top six finish.
However, as things stand, Everton are closer to the relegation zone than they are to the top six. This has attracted a lot of criticism towards Silva and many do not feel that he is the right man to lead the club forward.
Owner of the Toffees Farhad Moshiri recently gave his full backing to the Portuguese boss amidst the challenges that the club has faced this season.
Coleman has echoed the statement of the Everton owner and also has faith that his manager will be able to achieve positive things if he is given time at the club.
“It’s one of the things I don’t like about modern day football; it always seems to go on the manager’s toes and us players seem to get away with murder a little bit,” the Ireland international told Sky Sports.
“I think there is a lot of emphasis on teams doing badly. It’s something that I don’t agree with. I think managers need time and the manager here is working very hard.
“It’s not going to happen overnight or one season. He needs to get his own players in, implement his own style of play. That goes for all around the league. I think owners need to be a bit more patient.”
It is perhaps fair to say that Silva should be given at least another summer to develop the Everton squad into one that is genuinely capable of challenging for a top six finish. It is not realistic to expected overnight success.