The France international addressed the media for the first time at USM Finch Farm today as he begins life at his new club following a £24m move from Manchester United, one that offers him a fresh start after a frustrating few months on the fringes of Jose Mourinho's squad at Old Trafford.
“Everton is a big team in the history of the English game and they have big ambition,” Schneiderlin said. “With the new owners, they have big ambitions and a big tradition and they want to get back to the top. That's what persuaded me to come to this football club.
“Of course, I know the manager and what he wants from me. I know how he is as a manager so that's a plus but the main thing for me is what the club wants to do and what it wants to achieve. I think this club wants to achieve a lot.”
“When I was with [Koeman] at Southampton, he always trusted me. He's a manager who likes to mix his game, he likes a high-tempo game and he likes his teams to keep the ball and to play attractive football.
“That is very important for myself and it was clear from the start that I was one of his key players at Southampton and he will give me the freedom that I need to express myself.
“I'm looking forward to getting back together with him again at a big club and to achieve some great things and to play well again from my point of view.
Schneiderlin will go straight into the squad to face Manchester City on Sunday where it's likely he will see some action even if he doesn't have sufficient match fitness to start the game.
The 27-year-old is looking forward to playing at the Grand Old Lady again for the first time since October last year where he scored his one and only United goal.
“I love Goodison Park. It's a beautiful stadium, a typical English stadium, if I can say so. The people are close to the pitch, there's a big atmosphere. The fans are really a 12th man at this football club and that attracts me and I'm very happy.
“I think this football club has always had big expectations. Now they want to turn that into reality and give [the people] what they deserve, with the money they've spent and the players they've bought, with a new stadium maybe in a few years.
“It's a beautiful project, one that attracts me, and hopefully will be achievable in the next few years.”
Schneiderlin has been brought in by Koeman has part of his medium-term team-building efforts but, as his frustrated comments following last weekend's FA Cup defeat to Leicester showed, the manager felt his Everton side needed help now to bolster a flagging bid to qualify for Europe this season.
The midfielder acknowledged the gap that has opened up between the Blues and the top six but he pointed out that there is a long way to go and that things can change quickly for teams that can put a run of positive results together.
“You never know in football,” Schneiderlin said. “Of course, if you look at the league table the space is a bit big between seventh and sixth place but seventh can mean qualification for the Europa League.
“So we need to keep this place — at least get seventh place and then we see. Football goes quick. We need to get some results, you know maybe four or five wins in a row and then everything is possible in football and hopefully we can do it.”
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1 Posted 13/01/2017 at 18:38:30
Can't wait to see his debut this weekend.
2 Posted 13/01/2017 at 18:43:01
3 Posted 13/01/2017 at 18:58:06
Let's do that!
4 Posted 13/01/2017 at 19:27:48
I'm looking forward to the midfield combo of him, Gana and Barkley, not forgetting the contribution Barry can make. I also like the positivity, not 'false positivity', but real positivity like saying winning four or five games in a row can make a difference.
I know some posts on TW have said, after the cup exit, that the season is over, but it isn't over, and Schneiderlin's comments underline this.
5 Posted 13/01/2017 at 19:31:44
Well, Morgan, you are in for a bit of a shock if you are expecting high tempo and attractive football!
6 Posted 13/01/2017 at 19:36:39
7 Posted 13/01/2017 at 19:37:57
8 Posted 13/01/2017 at 19:48:10
10 Posted 13/01/2017 at 19:58:48
11 Posted 13/01/2017 at 19:58:55
Wishfully thinking that Van Dijk feels the same.
13 Posted 13/01/2017 at 21:17:58
14 Posted 13/01/2017 at 21:23:18
I'd much rather a trio of Gueye, Schneiderlin and Davies with Ross playing a freer, forward, role.
15 Posted 13/01/2017 at 21:33:05
16 Posted 13/01/2017 at 22:07:27
Time for some proper classes over and above the media briefing given before the press conference.
17 Posted 13/01/2017 at 22:19:25
If the project delivers I'm sure that we will all be delighted!
18 Posted 13/01/2017 at 22:31:12
Morgan already took his media classes. The professor was Dr Ronald.
20 Posted 13/01/2017 at 23:39:33
Various reports indicate he wanted to play in the Champions League. Here's hoping we can help him achieve this.
21 Posted 13/01/2017 at 23:43:45
22 Posted 13/01/2017 at 23:44:49
23 Posted 13/01/2017 at 23:55:46
Alan Ball, Martin Keown, Arteta, Joe Mercer.
Kenny Samson, Kevin Campbell, Anders Limpar and Kevin Richardson (won league with AFC and EFC as did Ball and Mercer) played for both clubs but don't think captained both.
24 Posted 13/01/2017 at 23:56:28
26 Posted 14/01/2017 at 07:35:29
Let's hope it continues as good old plucky little Everton just along for the ride was pissing me off.
27 Posted 14/01/2017 at 09:03:45
On Kevin Richardson, bearing in mind Peter Reids age and injury record, and the trouble Bracewell was having in the 85/-86 season as well, it was a big mistake by Kendall to let Kevin Richardson go.
However, I say that with hindsight and with the knowledge that there was no squad game culture like today, and it was one sub on the bench. So if you weren't playing, you weren't playing full stop. That's why he left, he wanted to play regular football. The thing was, at Everton he very soon would have been.
Kevin Richardson was a very, very good player. He had a cracking career and would have filled one of the massive Reid and Bracewell shaped holes that existed in our centre mid for years. We wasted millions of pounds trying to replace them. McCall and Milligan spring to mind. Both sub-standard. They were, for me, two of Colin Harvey's worst buys, although Beagrie was up there was well All, for the time, very expensive, and just not up to standard. You can throw Nevin in there for the money he cost as well. Anyway...
Strange one Kevin Richardson. You never hear him mentioned, but as well as being an important squad member in very successful Everton sides he was instrumental in excellent Arsenal and Villa sides, both trophy winning I think. But its almost as if he never existed.
28 Posted 14/01/2017 at 10:06:52
Snowy wasn't up to scratch, in mid anyway, until he was looking like a serious right back before hamstring trouble finished him as a top flight player. So there's 3 centre mids who cost a lot, around £25-30 million by today's standards, and came nowhere near being up to scratch.
Meanwhile Richardson did one year at Watford before Arsenal took him. Gah!!!!
29 Posted 14/01/2017 at 10:22:03
30 Posted 14/01/2017 at 10:24:50
31 Posted 14/01/2017 at 10:32:29
32 Posted 14/01/2017 at 10:46:47
33 Posted 14/01/2017 at 10:53:59
34 Posted 14/01/2017 at 11:55:34
Then add more in the summer... 3 more maybe; then onto preseason ready for the new season ahead, when we can have a go at top 4.
37 Posted 14/01/2017 at 13:48:55
This year we got a young lad from Charlton and a third string bench warmer reject from Man Utd. Oh yes, and unloaded a couple of crocks.
I hope none of this mild activity interrupted the manager's golf practice.
I am coming to the conclusion that the manager has decided that £6 million a year for doing next to nothing is a good deal and that, since the board has negotiated another brain dead contract, he is safe for a couple of years aiming for a position of 7th to 13th with a bog standard bunch of players and that, given the amount of money he can spend, he's pretty safe for this unambitious target.
I am also starting to regard Martinez' first season as the best thing since Howard Kendall, and regretting that he didn't have a fitness and defensive tactics coach to make sure the team had a proper balance.
38 Posted 14/01/2017 at 13:58:10
I stopped reading at that point.
39 Posted 14/01/2017 at 14:29:20
However, I have said on these threads that I will hold my council until the January transfer window to see what calibre of player and what positions he is trying to fill.
So far so good but ever like Moyes, Martinez both have failed to reinforce an aging Central Defence pairing. Jagielka, Distin, Williams. Unless Koeman invest in a commanding (leader) centre-half I would have very grave doubts about him.
After all Schneiderlin has been telegraphed for months so this is what I would call convenient low hanging fruit for all parties. Let's see some real ambition.
40 Posted 14/01/2017 at 14:36:27
In my opinion, Martinez's first season was a result of the tight good organised (but unadventurous) Moyes squad being given the freedom to play. It worked for the first season like a dog being left off a leash.
However he forgot that, as the team discipline instilled by Moyes began to fade, it was not replaced by any attention to details such as defending corners, who should take penalties.
We all know that any dog still need to be kept fully trained and fit.
41 Posted 14/01/2017 at 14:51:07
42 Posted 14/01/2017 at 14:53:52
When Koeman arrived, I envisaged more discipline, as you say, particularly defensively. Under Martinez, we had great attacking flair, but we're rubbish defensively, like on set-pieces.
So, with Koeman, I thought, great, better defensively, whilst maintaining the attacking flair we had under Martinez. I thought, Koeman will bring the Dutch total football way, which would fit our attacking flair nicely, provided we gel more from defence to attack.
In this respect, we might have expected the signings in defence and defensive midfield. We've got that up to a point, Gana being great, and Schneiderlin being the latest. In principle, we should be fine up front (imo), so long as we have the right discipline and organisation, the right tactics.
But it's not, apparently, working out like this, and I can't see much of a system developing. Maybe Koeman has something clever up his sleeve, but if he has, there's no sign of much yet. In this respect, the jury is out on him, for me. But time will tell.
43 Posted 14/01/2017 at 15:41:22
John, do you really think Stones was not a stylish player and a worthy one for a reborn School of Science? Yes, he has, and had, serious shortcomings, but a first class coach worthy of Stones' talents should have been able to correct the faults.
I remember Didier Drogba's first couple of seasons at Chelsea, he dived or fell over as soon as anyone looked at him, but latterly was, presumably, coached out of that style of play and became very much more effective for it.
Neil, your diagnosis of Martinez's faults seem to be much the same as mine, I just think it was a pity that no-one at the club was able to coach him
out of them. If I were to look for a manager who had taken what looked like a bunch of dross and transformed them into an effective attacking team which has enough fitness and discipline I would, sadly, be looking at Klopp.
I stick to my view (which I'd be delighted to be completely refuted by events) that Koeman is uninspired, buys mediocre players and is satisfied with 7th- 13th position and £6 million a year.
45 Posted 14/01/2017 at 16:01:40
46 Posted 14/01/2017 at 16:29:03
47 Posted 14/01/2017 at 17:17:28
48 Posted 14/01/2017 at 17:32:26
Here I thought he was excited to come because he has been found out and has been an abject failure at Man Utd.
Hope he will do well but if he was that excited about Everton, then why didn't he say so publicly while at Southampton? Apparently Koeman's Dutch honesty didn't rub off in their previous time together.
49 Posted 14/01/2017 at 17:39:48
50 Posted 14/01/2017 at 18:17:40
Giving the captaincy to a Man Utd reject would not, I suspect, get the already uncertain dressing room on Koeman's side. I also think I'd rather have had the older, but better and almost certainly cheaper and more fired up Bastien Schweinsteiger from Man Utd.
51 Posted 14/01/2017 at 18:20:40
He obviously rates Schneiderlin highly and has worked with him before so it wouldn't surprise me.
53 Posted 14/01/2017 at 19:43:08
The idea of Schneiderlin becoming captain is ridiculous until he shows the type of committment another ex Man Utd signing, e.g Neville and that will take a couple of years.
54 Posted 14/01/2017 at 19:59:35
I'm also hoping at least one of our new signings is (also) capable of something other than the Pinball Wizard impression that seems so popular with most of our playing staff.
'MAN FUCKING ON!!!!'
55 Posted 14/01/2017 at 20:15:18
I'm starting to have doubts, though, because Seamus's defensive game now seems to me to be poor (and, in truth, his attacking game is not much better). He gets caught out positionally, he is out-headed and usually lets the cross get in (I could say the same of Baines over the last couple of years).
The wisdom is that this is all because the players in front of them aren't up to it and/or they were damaged by Martinez, but I think any honest appraisal would say that our two full backs have lost form over a long period now. I accept with Baines that injury has been a factor.
Seamus for captain, yes indeed, but the Seamus of 3 years ago please.
56 Posted 14/01/2017 at 20:23:05
I think he should just get on with his own game. I would give the captaincy to Williams. He is an organiser he Captains Wales, and is in a more central position, and therefore should be able to communicate with everyone.
I think Jags will remain club captain until the end of the season.
57 Posted 14/01/2017 at 23:04:02
Seamus has always had some positional issues defensively. When he came back from his Blackpool loan spell, I wrote here that despite his terrific pace and tackling, he was probably hopeless at right-back a ball-watcher with no positional sense, horrible man-marker, no ability to track opposition runners or use his body to win in the air.
I predicted he'd never make it.
Happily, he proved me wrong... Moyes worked with him tirelessly on his marking fundamentals and positional sense, and he grew into a competent Premier League defender. As you say, he still has issues marking tall forwards, and still doesn't track runners as well as Baines. But he is vastly improved, and his brilliance in other areas more than compensates.
I say he'd make a fine captain.
58 Posted 15/01/2017 at 01:09:51
59 Posted 15/01/2017 at 13:06:42
Get Hart, Bojan, and Snodgrass plus a centre halve. I know many will laugh at Snodgrass but he is a good player plus he takes good set-pieces.