Ronald Koeman has been confirmed as Everton’s new manager on a three-year deal. The English Premier League club Everton confirmed the Dutchman on Tuesday after his previous club Southampton reluctantly agreed to release him a year early from his contract.
The Toffees, who have been without a manager since Roberto Martinez was sacked just before the end of the 2015-16 season, will pay about £5m compensation for the 53-year-old, who leaves Premier League rivals Southampton after two years in charge.
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The club confirmed this on its twitter official page
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Speaking further on Koeman’s appointment, Everton’s chairman, Bill Kenwright, added:
“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. 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.”
Koeman expressed his excitement at joining the club. Hear him:
“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.”
Everton also considered Frank de Boer, Manuel Pellegrini and Unai Emery, but Koeman was always the first choice, with Moshiri aiming to revive the club’s fortunes and relocate to a new stadium.
Koeman has led Southampton to a sixth-place finish in the Premier League, five positions ahead of Everton, with Roberto Martinez losing his job as a consequence of the Everton’s underachievement. The Merseysiders reached the semi-finals of both domestic cups this season, but Martinez was sacked on May 12 after a slump in their league form and a run of just six wins at Goodison Park in the 2015/16 campaign.