Koeman: Mourinho being unrealistic about Everton

Everton manager Ronald Koeman believes Jose Mourinho's claim that the Toffees should target a top-four finish this season is unrealistic.

Koeman's side were hammered 4-0 by Manchester United on Sunday, a fourth consecutive defeat for them in all competitions, but Mourinho believes they should be competing for the top four after spending £140million in the transfer market.

"Every manager in life has doubts," Koeman said, as quoted by Goal. "There is no one who has no doubts in football who is a manager.

"If you don't win and you have a big number of players in your squad, you have doubts about the system. But that's normal.

"I ask the question of myself. If Mkhitaryan gets one year to adapt to the Premier League, maybe I give my eight players one season to adapt.

"It was nice because I read the programme of United, and my colleague [Mourinho] talked about Everton and spending £140million and that we need to go for the top four.

"Sorry, but if there's anybody who sees something in here [Mourinho's claim] that is realistic and is possible for this Everton, please come up.

"Be realistic. Let's talk at the end of the season. I'm not happy with how we started the season, but please be realistic about Everton. It starts with everybody; fans, press – we need time."

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