In Depth

Peter Reid maintains Everton‘s players have shown a lack of fight this season – but the former Toffees midfielder says a lack of foresight at boardroom level is also to blame for the club’s current predicament.

Everton were beaten 4-1 at Southampton on Sunday and are only two points clear of the relegation zone in the Premier League with a third of the season now gone.

They have also exited the Europa League and have lost five out of their seven games since sacking Ronald Koeman and putting David Unsworth in temporary charge. Any bounce the board might have anticipated on the back of that decision has not materialised.

Plenty have put forward reasons for the club’s struggles this season, but Reid believes the attitude of the players has been as much to blame as anything else.

“I created a few headlines when I said the Everton players were showing a lack of fight this season, but I stand by that,” he told Planet Football.

“I’m not advocating that they should run out in their next game and start clattering into their opponents because I appreciate those days are gone. I’m not a dinosaur saying we need big tackles to show that Everton mean business, but there is a way of going about your job that means you can get stuck in and make life difficult.

“I still like to see a good tackle. The game is sanitised to a point now where you cannot do that in the way I did when I was playing, but…

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