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Coleman keen to develop winning Everton culture

Irish captain insists Toffee stars are fighting for their futures under Carlo

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BLUE TIDE: Séamus Coleman gets the better of Sadio Mane at Goodison Park. Photo: PA

BLUE TIDE: Séamus Coleman gets the better of Sadio Mane at Goodison Park. Photo: PA

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BLUE TIDE: Séamus Coleman gets the better of Sadio Mane at Goodison Park. Photo: PA

Sunday's draw in the Merseyside derby was the result which put something of a block in the way of Liverpool's procession to the Premier League title.

And something for Everton fans to be proud of, so. And when examining game with green-tinted lenses, it was the performance of Coleman in defence which was the most positive takeaway for the blue half of that city.

But for many Everton fans it was the FA Cup defeat to Liverpool in January and not that league draw which made the biggest statement about their season, as losing to their rivals in the Cup doomed Everton - and Coleman - to yet another trophy-less season.

Irish players like Coleman, Robbie Brady and Shane Long can only pine for the past eras when compatriots like Ronnie Whelan, Kevin Sheedy and Tony Galvin picked up medals and trophies while the current crop of Irish players in the top flight appear destined to win no more than plaudits at club level.

Coleman, who joined Everton in 2009, has frequently mentioned his desire to win the FA Cup there, accepting that the Premier League title and European trophies are out of their reach, as the Killybegs man has no major honours on his CV.

Draw

Even his time at Sligo Rovers saw him draw a blank as the Bit O'Red won the FAI Cup and League Cup a year after his departure to England.

And speaking this week, amid the warm glow of his own display against the champions-elect, he says he wants to see a culture of winning under new boss Carlo Ancelotti.

"I want this club to be successful, we all need to be pushing in the right direction and giving everything we have to be part of this team going forward," Coleman said.

"It [competing with the division's strongest teams] can't be something that just happens in periods.

"We need to build a culture, demanding from each other in training."

Coleman offers an example of that desire by suggesting that his side should be unhappy at failure to beat Liverpool instead of settling for a draw.

"We wanted to win and felt it was a good opportunity. We worked hard and had enough chances to win," Coleman added.

"The performance was good, defensively we did quite well - but it would have been good to get that win we have been craving for a while.

"The performance was better [than in the reverse fixture] but the players and fans are still craving that win against Liverpool," Coleman told evertontv.

"But I am sure if we can keep that mindset for a longer period of time, not just in little phases [it will come soon].

"We have to realise at this club, we have a world-class manager and as players we are fighting for our futures," he added."We know the dangers they [Liverpool's forwards] are, you have to be prepared for that ball in behind, Mane loves to run in behind.

"We were well drilled, we did our homework on them and I thought we handled them quite well."

Insists

The Ireland captain insists his team-mates kept on the right path during the three-month lockdown.

"Training has been good, we have been eased back in but it has been very hard with short, sharp games," he added.

"It is testament to the players' [dedication], keeping their professionalism... it was 10 weeks [off] and might have been very easy to get sucked into everyday life and not do what you were supposed to.

"But the lads kept themselves fit, everyone came back in good shape and I am delighted with the performance, just disappointed we didn't get the win."

Meanwhile, boss Ancelotti has been charged by prosecutors in Spain over alleged tax irregularities related to his time at Real Madrid.

The Madrid community prosecutor's office alleged that tax declarations presented by the Italian excluded some of his income, and that this had been done "with the intention of unreasonably evading his obligations to the public treasury".

The indictment said Ancelotti's alleged activity had cost the treasury more than one million euros. Ancelotti was in charge at Real between 2013 and 2015, at which point he was sacked by club president Florentino Perez.