Have Everton finally got their man to take them to the next level?
Everton have finally agreed a deal with Premier League rivals Southampton for Ronald Koeman to become their new manager.
Everton will pay Southampton about £5m in compensation for the 53-year-old.
The Dutchman leaves the south coast after two years in charge. The feeling at Southampton was that Farhad Moshiri was never going to stop until he got his man.
He’d have kept raising the salary on offer to Koeman, as well as the promise of transfer resources, until he got the answer he wanted.
Southampton just weren’t prepared to get into a bidding war which is the best course of action.
If you’re leader wants to go, unfortunately you only have one choice.
Everton have been without a manager since they sacked Roberto Martinez just before the season finished.
Having promised the Goodison Park outfit Champions League qualification when he was appointed, not delivering it and finishing 11th in his final season became his downfall.
Having been chosen by Farhad Moshiri, the new Everton owner, Koeman will put pen to paper in a deal worth about £6m a year. The former Netherlands international, will take brother Erwin and fitness coach Jan Kluitenberg with him.
Disappointed and surprised..
Former Saints legend Matt Le Tissier said he was “disappointed” and “quite surprised” at Koeman’s decision to leave, particularly with Saints playing in the Europa League next season.
“He may feel he has got a better chance of winning trophies at Everton. I’d be of a slightly different opinion,” Le Tissier told BBC Sport. “I understand they’ve got a new owner and want to splash a bit of cash, but it might not be as easy a job as he thinks.
“Most clubs in the Premier League are pretty wealthy now and can compete in the transfer market. We just have to move on and look to the next man to take us forward again.
“The players’ loyalty lies with the football club and hopefully they will kick us on again next season.”
I’m sure they’ll do exactly that. Southampton chiefs have been very impressed by the ‘Dutch training model’ Koeman brought with him to the club and want to maintain the same ethos. With De Boer now being available having left Ajax at the end of the season.
Sevilla manager Unai Emery has been mentioned too. However after getting them to the Champions League again, but this time through winning the Europa League I’m sure that he’ll remain in Spain.
Whatever happens i’m convinced the club will move on just as they did 2 years ago when Mauricio Pochettino left for Tottenham.
What could convince Koeman to join?
The no.1 choice at the moment is in the North Docks. This is within an area the local authority are still planning on turning into a dazzling part of the city.
Putting their home there would say everything about Everton’s new ambition.
Competing against Liverpool FC
Liverpool have had for a long time an enormous advantage over the Blues down to their brand. The city of Liverpool is known all around the world. Made famous by the Beatles. Liverpool FC have the Liverbird on their crest, this creates an instant association. Sharing the city’s name will make selling the brand that bit easier.
Mayor Anderson said on BBC Radio Merseyside: “I’m confident the new stadium will be up and running in three years time.”
“I think there is a real acceptance by them. I’m pretty confident that within three years there will be a new stadium for Everton Football Club in Liverpool.”
The future is bright for Everton, the future looks exciting. Something all of the city should rejoice in.
Maybe Koeman knows what’s he’s doing and a venture into the unknown is what’s needed?