You seem particularly angry with the VAR recall on the penalty. What are your thoughts on that?
Obviously because it’s been building up. Enough is enough. Today to be fair I had enough.
Just because you’ve had enough of these decisions?
We’ve had many of them that nobody explains, when they explain them they say ‘yeah, sorry it was a mistake’. But unfortunately it’s affecting a lot of people and it affects our job, and most important our football club.
Would you like someone to come and tell you they’re sorry tonight?
Yeah but when they do it’s behind a telephone.
Is it even more frustrating when one goes against you and then one seems to go for Everton at the end?
That’s why I cannot understand it. I’ve seen and been in football long enough, I’ve watched it ten times and still even if I want to find it I cannot find it.
Would you put the defeat down tonight to the protests or anything that happened in the week?
No, no. We knew that was happening and we knew our fans wanted to express our feelings. We made our preparations with that in mind and that’s not an excuse. We lost the game because at the end when we had to define the game in the crucial moments, when we had the chances no clear chances that we wanted. We didn’t do that, then we conceded the own goal and obviously when we earned the right to score with the decisions it was taken away.
Is Thursday night more make or break than you’re hoping it would be?
We knew that it was meant to be the crucial moment of our season. To explain how we lost five points with the way that we had performed in those two games, and what the opponent had earned is pretty incredible to describe. I’ve given you a few arguments but we need to find more.
It’s become mathematically difficult for you to qualify for Europe via the league?
This is becoming very difficult mathematically to achieve that now.
How do the fans rebuild that trust with the board?
Well I think it’s a relationship that has to come together from both parties. Some probably giving some opportunities and the other ones showing that they want to be closer to them. I talk about what my experience is and what my relationship is and how involved they are. Now my biggest challenge is get them in the stadium as quick as possible, and show that passion, togetherness and unity with the team because the team is desperate for them to be closer to us.
Have you had a conversation with Bernd Leno regarding his mistake?
No, I think we have two really good goalkeepers. Mat got a chance because he deserved it. I said before the game he’s been training really, really well. Bernd is our no.1 goalkeeper and he’s been doing well and errors are part of football.
You got the players early into the stadium. Did you keep them away from the protest or did you let them see it?
No, we got inside the stadium. Obviously they know what is happening. They are all connected to social media and they have access to the information. We let them know the reasons why they’re going to be outside and we just tried to do it in the right way to affect as less as possible the preparation of the team.
Do you know if they actually saw it? Were they in a part of the stadium where they could physically see it or not?
I don’t know. They were upstairs, I was downstairs so I don’t know.
Would you be for VAR stopped being used in the Premier League?
I really like that we can make use of the technology. It’s just that we need consistency and clarity and we want to see the faces and responses. We are always here in front of the media, trying to explain the reason why we do something. I think that has to be clear and explained.
Would that be referees maybe explaining to the media why they made a decision?
Yeah, how they have made their decision. If they want a whistle next to us and they can referee the game on what the situation is going to be like.
Are you worried about Leno’s confidence going into the Europa League match?
I said that we lost the game for different reasons. One for different things that we should do better and the ones that we cannot control. Again, that error – I make many mistakes and anybody who is involved in sport will make mistakes and it’s part of it unfortunately.
There was a lot of people chanting about the Kroenkes but they were also singing for the team. You’ve still got a very passionate fanbase out there?
I know. I lived them and felt them in the stadium as a player and as a manager only for a month and half. That’s why I said to you guys I am desperate to have them back. We really need them. This team really needs them. We have a really young team that has to experience emotion, security and trust when you feel your people really behind you. That’s something you have to experience to understand the difference that it makes rather than playing with none of them.
The players looked like they needed a lift tonight?
Yeah, they do because they put a huge effort again tonight. They were the better team on the pitch like they were against Fulham and we got one point from six, so that as well psychologically is difficult to digest.
Do you think the protest affected the mood of the match? For example you looked agitated on the touchline more than usual?
I was because enough is enough. This has been building up for some games that have cost us a lot of points during the season. It could have been very, very difficult. Not the consequences on the game, but the consequences for the future games. I never talk about it but I never talk about it. In the end I have to defend my club and our interests. Today I said that it’s enough.