Martin Keown says mood at Goodison Park needs to change

General view outside the stadium as fans arrive prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Burnley at Goodison Park on October 1, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Everton are struggling in the Premier League at the moment.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman at a press conference at Goodison Park on July 10, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Arsenal legend Martin Keown has told The Daily Mail that Everton should not sack Ronald Koeman.

Koeman was appointed the Everton manager in the summer of 2016 after leaving Premier League rivals Southampton at the end of the 2015-16 season.

The Dutchman guided the Toffees to a seventh-placed finish in the Premier League last season.

Much is expected of the Merseyside this campaign, but things are not going according to plan.

Everton are 16th in the Premier League table at the moment with just seven points from as many matches, just two points above the relegation zone.

Former Arsenal star Keown, who now works as a pundit for BBC Sport and BT Sport, has stated that sacking Koeman would be premature.

The former England international, though, wants the mood at Goodison Park to change.

Martin Keown of Arsenal waves to the fans during the Martin Keown Testimonial match between Arsenal and England XI at Highbury, on May 17, 2004 in London.

“It would be premature to sack him,” Keown told The Daily Mail when asked if Everton should sack Koeman.

“Do not forget that this is a manager who has been very successful and delivered Everton's highest finish since 2014.

“He has also had to contend with the departure of a valuable player with Romelu Lukaku. What needs to change is the mood at Goodison.

“I watched their disappointing draw with Apollon Limassol in the Europa League and could see the manager carrying a heavy burden of pressure.

“The mood is affecting the players. I can imagine they were relieved to escape the atmosphere this week when they went away with their national teams.”

General view outside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Watford at Goodison Park on May 12, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Everton will return to action on Sunday afternoon when they take on Brighton and Hove Albion away from home at the American Express Community Stadium in the Premier League.

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