Former Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has confirmed that he will be the replacement for Roberto Martinez at Everton.
The Dutchman will join the Merseyside club on a three-year deal and will receive £5 million in compensation.
This has been the first key move by new Everton owner Farhad Moshiri.
Moshiri has previously stated that Koeman was his No.1 candidate for the managerial position. Club chairman Bill Kenwright echoed that sentiment in his official announcement.
“Ronald has such a strong track record in the game, instantly commanding respect for what he achieved as a player and for his qualities and accomplishments as a manager,” Kenwright said.
“We are really pleased to have secured the man who was our number one target from the moment we set out to appoint a new manager.”
The appointment shows the ambition of the club to improve on their current standings. There was talk of hiring former manager David Moyes, but fans have seen the appointment of Koeman as a step forward in development of the club.
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Koeman has reiterated to The Guardian his desire to grow on Everton’s fantastic history.
“I am very excited to be Everton manager,” Koeman said.
“I believe in the club, in the team, in the fans and in our ability to achieve things in the future.
“Everton is a club with a great history and real ambition, and it is a proud feeling for me to be part of what we want to go and do, together with the chairman and Farhad Moshiri.
“I am looking forward to meeting everyone at the club and to preparing for a big season in the Premier League.”
Koeman leaves Southampton as their most successful manager with a win ratio of 47%. He improved upon his predecessor, Mauricio Pochettino who only managed a 38% ratio while in charge of the Saints.
He leaves the Saints with Europeon Football qualification – in the 2015/16 season Southampton finished sixth, earning a spot in the Europa Leauge.
He joins Everton, who finished in 11th.
While this may seem like a step backwards for Koeman, his reasons for leaving Southampton are due to the club’s inability to hold onto players.
He may be faced with the same issue early on in his tenure as Everton’s manager, with key central defender John Stones rumoured to be leaving the club.
Romelu Lukaku is also rumored to be headed elsewhere.
Koeman appears to be the fan favourite capable of leading the Blues back to prominence, with more money than ever before set to underpin a charge back up the table.
Everton’s eventful history has captured the imagination of fans since the club’s inception in 1865. Their supporters will be hoping Koeman is the key to making a long-awaited addition to their record of nine League titles and five FA Cup wins.
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