Everton have today named Southampton’s Ronald Koeman as Roberto Martinez’s successor at Goodison Park.
The Dutchman has signed a three-year-deal on Merseyside.
As a player, Koeman’s career was a delight. He has won the European Cup with Barcelona, as well as the European Championships with his country.
As a manager, he is still a winner. Altogether Koeman has bagged himself eight titles as a boss, including three Eredivisie titles, the Dutch Cup and the Spanish Copa Del Rey.
During his time in Holland, Koeman is the only person to both manage and play for their ‘top three.’ PSV, Ajax and Feyenoord have all been homes for Koeman on more than one occasion.
His spell at Southampton saw them qualify for the Europa League in the past two seasons, as well as guiding the Saints to seventh and sixth places in the Premier League table respectively.
Speaking to Everton website following the appointment, Toffee’s Chairman Bill Kenwright had this to say about their new manager:
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.
The hopes and aspirations that we all have as Evertonians are with him, as is our total support at Board, shareholder and fan level.
Koeman also spoke to the website, expressing his excitement at being the new boss of the Merseyside club:
I am very excited to be Everton manager. 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.