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Dutch press blame Walsh for Koeman's Everton failure - harsh or fair?

Ronald Koeman, Manager of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park on October 22, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Ronald Koeman was sacked as Everton manager but should director of football Steve Walsh shoulder some of the blame?

Ronald Koeman, Manager of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park on October 22, 2017 in Liverpool, England.Ronald Koeman during the Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park.

Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad is standing up for one of their own in Ronald Koeman and believe Steve Walsh deserves a large slice of the blame for the manager's sacking.

Koeman was dismissed from his position at Goodison Park on Tuesday (October 24) but apparently it is director of football Walsh - hired from Leicester City in July 2016 - who should be shouldering the responsibility.

Steve Walsh, assistant manager celebrates on stage during the Leicester City Barclays Premier League Winners Bus Parade on May 16, 2016 in Leicester, England.Steve Walsh celebrates on stage during the Leicester City Barclays Premier League Winners Bus Parade.

"The inability of Technical Director Steve Walsh, hijacked from Leicester City, led to chaos," the article said, as quoted by Sport Witness.

"The discoverer of revelations like N’Golo Kanté and Riyad Mahrez appeared to be green at the negotiating table. Koeman was still short of a successor for Romelu Lukaku and a left-wing defender at the end of August, but largely received footballers for whom the Premier League came too early.

"The incapable technical director Walsh caused a swamp, from which the coach did not find a way out fast enough."

Chelsea's French midfielder N'Golo Kante vies with Leicester City's Algerian midfielder Riyad Mahrez (2nd L) during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Leicester...Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante vies with Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez (2nd L).

Walsh was greatly praised for the part he played in Leicester's shock Premier League title victory in 2015/16, bringing players such as the aforementioned Kante and Mahrez, as well as Jamie Vardy, to the King Power Stadium for minimal fees.

It was on the back of this reputation that the Toffees came calling but after spending £144.9m on new players over the summer, as reported by the Telegraph, that goodwill is now waning.

New signings such as Davy Klaassen, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Michael Keane have been criticised since their arrival on Merseyside, while the squad has been accused of containing too many number tens and not enough strikers.

While it may be harsh to pin all the blame on Walsh as Koeman's tactics and man management certainly played a part, it would be difficult to argue the man responsible for finding new talent did not also influence the downfall.

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