It is understood that Ronald Koeman is to become the new Everton boss, with the Dutchman leaving his post at Southampton to take up his new role. It is believed that Everton will have to pay £5m in compensation to the Saints in order to bring Koeman to the club, and it is believed that the announcement will be officially made on Friday.
The move means that Everton have now managed to find a replacement for Roberto Martinez, who was sacked just before the end of last season. Koeman’s first job will be to overhaul a squad performing well below their potential, and possibly also bring in some new faces to replace those who are underperforming. He’s already shown that he’s a master of man management at Southampton though, where he has managed to turn them into a side capable of challenging in the top half of the table.
But why did Koeman choose to make the move? After all, Southampton are going to be playing in Europe next season, while Everton won’t be. It all probably comes down to money. Firstly, there’s the fact that Koeman will receive a contract worth around £6m per year, and secondly there’s the fact that new owner Farhad Moshiri looks set to splash the cash, meaning that Koeman could be handed a substantial transfer kitty.
The move could also be down to Everton’s status, as they are generally seen as one of England’s more established sides – despite their poor performance in the league lately. Koeman might believe that he can turn things around though, and get Everton challenging for trophies again.
The reaction to the appointment by Everton fans has generally been good, as they know that they are getting a manager with the experience of managing at the highest level. Southampton fans are understandably disappointed though, as Koeman had recently stated that he planned to see out the remaining year on his contract. There’s also the disappointment of losing the man who was integral to their great form last season.
The move does mean that there is now a vacancy to fill at Southampton, however it is still too early to know the top contenders for the job. Saints fans will hope that they can attract a big name to the club, thanks to their entry into European competition next season. But will the new boss be able to lead the team as well as Koeman did?