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Koeman calling on players to be 'brave'


Ronald Koeman. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Ronald Koeman. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire


Ronald Koeman. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Everton boss Ronald Koeman is refusing to back down in his row with Martin O'Neill and the FAI as he insists that he is "protecting his club" by taking on O'Neill in public.

Koeman has called on his Toffees side to be "brave" in tonight's game away to Manchester United, where he hopes to cause problems for Jose Mourinho's outfit. "We know Man United have maybe been struggling a little bit at home, not scoring a lot of goals," he said.

Asked about that public spat with O'Neill, the Dutchman said: "It's my responsibility to defend the club, defend the club's medical staff."

But he did have a positive update on Ireland captain Séamus Coleman who is back on Merseyside. "He is at home, and day-by-day his mood will be better," he added. "Next week I will go to see Séamus."