So Ronald Koeman is about to become the new manager of Everton. Pending the correct compensation package being agreed for Southampton.
I was thinking…had he waited a year, would he have been in the frame to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal?
Should he wait a year for Arsenal?
I’m sure the new owners of Everton have been really impressed with what Koeman has achieved over his career. His high energy approach to his attacking is key. When the team win the ball back they flood forward and usually catch the other team off-guard. A high energy approach is paramount to his success, where the Midfield 3 are good box-to-box players. All capable of breaking quickly to support the forwards, as equally as they are to sit deep and break up the opposing attack.
When they lose the ball, all of the team support each other and get back into their defensive shape as quickly as they can. For Koeman it’s all about closing down the oposition as quickly as possible.
They leave little space in behind the defence due to their deep defensive line. Then its about swift intensive play. Applying pressure on the oposition whilst attacking up the pitch.
Some have drawn parallels with how Arsenal played in the invincible years with Petite and Vieira bossing the games.
Pedigree in Europe
In 1989, Koeman moved to Barcelona and became part of the ‘Dream Team’ helping the club win the La Liga 4 years in a row between 1991 and 1994, and also the European Cup.
As a head coach, Koeman has won 3 Eredivisie titles: twice with Ajax and once with PSV.Â He is the only individual to have both played for and managed the ‘Big 3’ of Â Dutch football: Ajax, PSV and Feyenoord.Â Prior to joining Southampton, he also had spells in Portugal with Benfica and in Spain with Valencia winning the Copa del Rey.
He has resisted offers to take over the Holland national side, instead preferring to stay in the Premier League where he has seen his reputation enhanced. Continuing the great work of Pochettino was always going to be tough. But he has certainly added to it, despite several key players being sold.
Wenger on the other hand has been in charge at Arsenal since 1996 and some Emirates insiders believe he will retire IF the Gunners win the Premier League this season.
Whilst I believe he will be perfect for Everton, you can’t help wonder….could he wait a year for Arsenal?