Ronald Koeman has been given a three-year deal, and wants to re-establish Everton as one of England’s superpowers.
The Dutchman replaces Roberto Martinez at Goodison Park and will be given a transfer kitty in excess of a mouthwatering £100m to completely reshape the Everton squad.
The ambition of Chairman Bill Kenwright and new major shareholder Farhad Moshiri were enough to persuade Koeman to quit his position at Southampton and move to Merseyside.
“I am very excited to be Everton manager,” said Koeman. “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.”
Southampton staff members are set to join Koeman at Everton, including his brother, Eric, who was assistant head coach at Southampton, and fitness coach Jan Kluitenberg. They will have to act quickly on the transfer front it seems, after Leon Osman, Steven Pienaar, Tony Hibbert and Tim Howard are to be released soon. This is coupled with the uncertain futures of both John Stones and Romelu Lukaku.
Koeman was always first Choice:
Ronald Koeman was Everton’s first choice replacement after Martinez’s departure, and beat to the position high profile names such as Frank de Boer, David Moyes, Unai Emery and Manuel Pellegrini to land his Job.
Bill Kenwright was evidently happy to have got his man when speaking to the press, saying; “We are really pleased to have secured the man who was our No 1 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.
“The hopes and aspirations that we all have as Evertonians are with him, as is our total support at board, shareholder and fan level.”