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The Daily Rojiblanco: November 8, 2017

A curious coaching rumor and Deschamps supports Griezmann.

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According to various reports, Everton owner Farhad Moshiri has zeroed in on Diego Simeone as a prime target to replace recently dismissed manager Ronald Koeman.

Ha.

Ha ha.

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

/composes self

The Toffees are currently under the care of interim manager David Unsworth, after a disappointing start to the season, which included embarrassing results in European competition, disappointing domestic results and a complete lack of attacking production...

Hmm? That sounds familiar.

Anyway, while there are plenty of reasons why this move is extremely unlikely in the short term, the biggest for me is just how similar the situations at each club are right now. If you’re Simeone, why would you jump off mid-stream to take over at a much smaller club dealing with all the same issues, especially six weeks after signing a new contract? It just doesn’t make sense.

  • Deschamps supports Griezmann

Much has been written about Antoine Griezmann’s slumping form and attitude of late, so I don’t want to rehash too much. However, quotes this week from France manager Didier Deschamps are worth mentioning.

When asked about the striker’s ailing form, Deschamps threw his support behind Griezmann and noted that Griezmann’s form has been tied to a “less than convincing” Atlético Madrid squad.

He’s not wrong, but more to the point, you can’t expect the manager to criticize one of his players outright when faced with these types of questions. While such comments could validate Griezmann’s frustrations, hopefully this time away with a different manager, different teammates and a low-stakes environment will allow Griezmann to recover some form and confidence. As is often the case, goals and wins tend to smooth most things over.