Boss scares the players - Jags

Boss scares the players - Jags

Everton captain Phil Jagielka admits the players are scared of new manager Ronald Koeman but his strict approach is paying off.

The Toffees appeared to have gone soft under previous boss Roberto Martinez and there were accusations in the final few months of his reign he had lost the dressing room completely.

His replacement arrived with a big reputation both as a player and a manager and immediately laid down the law, introducing a tougher line on standards at the training ground and taking a harder line with players, but it is already paying off on the pitch.

Everton have had their best start to a season since 1978 and are second in the Premier League after four wins and a draw.

"Yes there is a fear, definitely, just down to the fact that there have been people who have had good pre-seasons and they haven't started a game yet," said Jagielka.

"He is not scared of making changes. James (McCarthy) was really unlucky at West Brom, playing out of position and he got brought off before half-time because we needed to do something different tactically.

"He is not afraid of making decisions before and after the game.

"It is like being back at school with a new headteacher who is trying to be a little bit stricter.

"You only have to look at the jobs he has done. That proves he has not done a bad job.

"At the moment it is going well. I wouldn't say we are playing amazing, but we are getting fantastic results and that breeds confidence."