Seamus Coleman said "it would be very unfair to judge the Everton fans on one banner or two banners" as he aired his belief that the Goodison Park crowd will get right behind new boss Rafael Benitez.

The appointment of the former Liverpool boss has caused a real stir on the blue half of Merseyside.

Images circulated on social media of one banner that read: 'We know where you live. Don't sign'.

Benitez infamously labelled Everton a "small club" after a derby in 2007 when he was still Liverpool manager, comments he later clarified by saying he was trying to infer their defensive approach to the game was one of a smaller team.

All of that has made for a mixed - to put it mildly - reaction to his arrival but Coleman expects the Blues to fully support the Spaniard once the new Premier League campaign kicks off.

"Every club has got some fans that overstep the mark in some regard," the Donegal man said at the launch of the SPAR Better Choices campaign on Thursday.

"Some of the banners weren't ideal but I think that's a small minority.

Seamus Coleman at the launch of SPAR's Better Choices summer campaign.

"You don't know how old these people are, you don't know how connected they are to the football club. When things happen in football like this, these things come across as being very big news but you actually don't know, is that a small group of people? Is it one person? You don't know but it looks like it's the whole fan base.

"I know the Everton fan base are a good bunch of people. They're really respectful, really hard working, love their football club. I think it would be very unfair to judge the Everton fans on one banner or two banners. We don't even know how connected or how often they go to the games... we don't know anything about the people who put them banners out.

"We understand how the fans feel about their football club. There's been a bit of unrest among the fans, we understand that, but I also know Everton fans, I know how they work, I know that once the manager signs that contract they will back him 100%.

"Once he gets in the stadium they will back him."

Captain Coleman has not met with Benitez yet but will do so after the weekend when some of the players report back for pre-season.

"I'm going to speak to him over the next few days, we're back at work on Monday," he said.

"I'm sure I'll catch up with him properly then. We'll get over there and work hard and try our best to be in his plans and see what the future holds for us all.

"He's got a track record of winning trophies which is good for players to see as well."

Coleman had a strong relationship with Carlo Ancelotti, who departed Everton for Real Madrid earlier this summer. It was an unexpected setback for the Toffees but the pragmatic Coleman added: "When you've been in football for 12 years, very little shocks you anymore. It's a crazy game, things happen at the drop of a hat.

"The manager went. It was disappointing, but he's gone on now to do what he's going to do. I wish him the best.

"He was good to work for. Football moves on. Now we're talking about going into the new season with a new manager.

"Everton is my concern now, Real Madrid is his concern. I can only say that I learned a lot from him... we had a very good relationship and I'm thankful for that."