Koeman slams Ref after Lyon defeat
Under-fire Ronald Koeman hit out at the referee after Everton crashed to a 2-1 Europa League defeat against Lyon at Goodison Park.
The Dutch tactician made five changes to his starting line-up for the Group E clash, leaving out a number of experienced players, and it was youngster Mason Holgate who naively slid in on Fernando Marcal to concede a penalty which Nabil Fekir converted on six minutes.
Ashley Williams looked to have earned Everton a draw on 69 minutes, but Bertrand Traore flicked in a winner for the French side six minutes later.
The loss to Lyon left Everton with just one point from their three Europa League ties this year and heaped further pressure on Koeman.
The Toffees boss claimed his players' hot heads were caused by referee Bas Nijhuis's officiating.
"I think the irritation grows in the game for our players and in my opinion that was the problem by the referee," Koeman argued.
"The referee was Dutch but he didn't do anything against the theatre of some of the Lyon players. Fekir in the first half dived 10 times.
"I understand with my players, that comes out of frustration. I don't know what happened but I can understand it."
Koeman accepted his players looked bereft of confidence, especially in the first half when they went behind to the early penalty.
"(It was) really stupid," he said of Holgate giving away the spot-kick.
"I think the performance was under the level in the first half, a lot of mistakes, a lot of doubts, players without any confidence."
When asked about his future as manager, Koeman added: "The final decision is by the board not myself.
"If the board thinks I am not the right man they will tell me."