Seamus Coleman looking forward to putting disappointing campaign behind him in France

The Everton defender had a below par season at club level

Seamus Coleman looking forward to putting disappointing campaign behind him in France

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Seamus Coleman has admitted his disappointment with his below par season with Everton, but is looking forward to the European Championships in France to end the season on a high note. 

An 11th place finish in the Premier League 'isn't good enough' for a club like the Toffees according to Coleman, while he also acknowledged that the players must take responsibility for their shortcomings this season.

“It’s a results business and unfortunately for Roberto [Martinez] we hadn’t been getting them,” Coleman told the Sunday Times.

“If it’s someone working in a shop and they lose their job it’s not a nice thing and that doesn’t change if it’s a Premier League manager or an international manager.

“You go out there every week to give your best but if you’re finishing 11th in the season for a team of Everton’s standards, it’s not good enough; personally and as a team. Not many of us can say we kept our standards to what they should be at but there were difficult times for us.”

Coleman in action against the Netherlands. Brian Lawless / PA Wire/Press Association Images

While Everton currently remain without a manager following Martinez's sacking, Coleman said he is enjoying life under Martin O'Neill at international level, citing the attitude of his compatriots as a major factor. 

“You might be out on your knees but you will put in that extra yard for your teammate if you see he’s tired,” he added.

“A lot of that comes from the manager. He gives us time from the hotel now and again, gives us a couple of hours here and there. We appreciate that.

“At the end of the day we’re Irish. Us Irish are a bit different, we give it our all. There might be more talented players at club level, but I’d rather have lads that work hard. That’s what we have and that’s why we’re doing so well.”