My tribe

Barcelona defender Vermaelen: Koeman will turn things around at Everton

Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen is confident Ronald Koeman will turn things around at Everton.

The Dutchman has come under fire at Goodison Park recently after a series of weak performances, questionable team selections and poor results.

"He's shown at Southampton and Ajax that he's a great manager," Vermaelen told Sky Sports News. "He has the experience to turn it around for sure."

Koeman handed the 31-year-old his senior debut at Ajax over a decade ago and the pair came close to being reunited this summer.

"I don't want to go into details," he said, when probed about suggestions Everton had attempted to sign him on deadline day.

"Barcelona always said they didn't want to let me go. All big clubs need at least four centre-backs.

"They were happy with my pre-season and kept me."

About the author

Paul Vegas

Have your say
  • Add your favourite leagues and clubs
  • Build your own personal news stream
  • Easily share your favourite stories
  • Connect with what your friends are saying

Select your favourite
leagues and clubs
to get started.

Already part of MyTribe?