Everton have this morning announced the appointment of Ronald Koeman as their new manager. The former Southampton boss has signed a three-year deal at Goodison Park.
— Everton (@Everton) June 14, 2016
Koeman, who will replace former Toffees boss Roberto Martinez, moves to Everton after two successful seasons on the south coast, guiding Southampton to seventh and sixth place finishes in the Premier League, as well as qualification to the Europa League.
In his first words as Everton manager, Koeman said:
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.
It is believed that Moshiri’s recent investment in Everton was one of the key reasons for Koeman to come to the club, as it is rumoured that the Dutchman will be handed a transfer war chest to the tune of £150m.
A statement from Chairman Bill Kenwright on the official Everton website said:
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.
But can he get the best out of Darron Gibson? That’s the real question here.