Everton will not be holding a press conference for their Carabao Cup game on Wednesday night. The Toffees are due to face Championship outfit, Sunderland in the cup match but the gaffer, Ronald Koeman will not be addressing the media before the game.
The Merseyside team will be aiming to win the game and give the fans something to cheer about after the poor run in the Premier League.
As Everton got beaten by Manchester United 4-0 in the latest Premier League game away from home, the Dutchman was bombarded with questions after the match following the dismal result his team had to endure.
Even though Everton did not deserve to lose by a scoreline like that, Koeman’s transfer business and team selection were put under scrutiny as the Toffees dropped into the relegation zone.
All this resulted in a lengthy press conference after the match and Koeman will now be skipping the pre-match press conference ahead of the cup game. The respective managers are not obligated to hold these interactions with the media during the initial rounds of the Carabao Cup and the Toffees are taking full advantage of that rule.
But Koeman will be speaking with the media as scheduled after the match with the Black Cats. The manager will be in line for another one just the day after the match is held at Goodison Park.
The Toffees will be hosting Bournemouth at Goodison Park and Koeman will be holding the pre-match conference on that afternoon.
Everton is following the footsteps of another Premier League club, Arsenal, who have also decided to not hold the pre-match conference for their cup match as well. Despite the governing body of the cup, EFL, recommending the clubs participating in the competition to preview the match, there is no compulsion to talk to the media before the match.