EVERTON MANAGER RONALD KOEMAN has said that the Republic of Ireland's decision not to select James McCarthy for the recent World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Wales was "the first time they did a good thing".
That remains to be seen, as even if he is not sacked, Koeman has a habit of leaving jobs without fulfilling his contract.
Koeman said, "Of course my name is linked to the Dutch national team job and that was also the case a few years ago". I am not surprised.
As Everton prepare for their important trip to Brighton, we break down Ronald Koeman's pre-match press conference.
"We need to win, and we need to change our situation in the table. That's the priority for me for the long term".
Brighton will be looking to continue their good form at home as out of their three games at The AMEX so far they have won two and only lost one with was to Manchester City on the opening day.
Koeman and O'Neill were embroiled in two high profile spats last season as Ireland used McCarthy despite doubts over his fitness and he remained in the Irish squad throughout the latest worldwide break despite not playing for Everton this season due to injury.
"But we know we can turn it around as the players are working so hard that they deserve different results".
"We still have talent but our players are too quick to go overseas". We had a great time, with big players and we dropped quality.
"Belgium and Germany changed a lot of things and we have to as well".
"We'd like to bring him back, he's a good boy, an important player for us, but we don't take risks".
Glenn Murray is likely to start up front for the Seagulls following an ankle injury, while midfielder Davy Propper has shaken off the hip problem he suffered on global duty with Holland.
"He will do some training. That's good for him, that's good for us and let's hope he will be totally fit and available for next weekend".