Koeman confirmed as Everton's new manager

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Everton have finally confirmed the appointment of Ronald Koeman as the club's next manager, days after reaching a compensation agreement with Southampton and now having finalised all remaining details over personal terms.

The Dutchman leaves the St Mary's Stadium with a year remaining on his term there, signing a three-year contract with the Blues that ties him to Goodison Park until 2019.

Koeman's arrival marks the completion of a process that was begun almost as soon as Roberto Martinez was dismissed last month, with the 53-year-old installed as major investor Farhad Moshiri's first choice to lead his new era at Goodison Park.

Everton are believed to have reached a settlement with Southampton of around £5m to release Koeman from the final 12 months of his contract on the south coast and that of his brother, and assistant manager, Erwin plus first team fitness coach Jan Kluitenberg although their appointments have yet to be confirmed.

De Telegraaf in the Netherlands said the deal was the result of tough negotiations between Moshiri on the one hand and Saints CEO Ralph Kruger and director of development, Les Reed, on the other.

Koeman's agent Rob Jansen held productive talks with Moshiri and Chairman Bill Kenwright on Koeman's behalf the Friday before last but the manager wasn't able to put pen to paper on a deal until compensation matters had been ironed out between the two clubs and he returned from a second post-season break.

Media reports have also suggested that Saints insisted on a "no poaching" agreement from Everton but this would not have been legally binding and Sky Sports' sources say no such "gentleman's agreement" was part of the deal.

Initially, Kruger and Reed were thought to be confident that they could persuade Koeman to stay at St Mary's Stadium, at least to see out the final year of his contract, but the lure of a significantly increased salary (believed to be £6m per year), a reported £100m transfer war chest, and the promise in Moshiri's ambitious plans appear to have proved decisive.

“I am very excited to be Everton manager," Koeman said on his appointment. "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.

“I am looking forward to meeting everyone at the Club and to preparing for a big season in the Premier League.”

Club chairman Bill Kenwright said of the Blues' new hire:

“We are really pleased to have secured the man who was our No 1 target from the moment we set out to appoint a new manager.

“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.

“The hopes and aspirations that we all have as Evertonians are with him, as is our total support at Board, shareholder and fan level.”

A world-class defender in his playing days, Koeman starred for all three of the Netherlands' big clubs — Ajax, PSV and Feyenoord — at Barcelona in Johan Cruyff's "Dream Team" of the early 1990s, and on the international stage for his country with whom he won the European Championships in 1988.

As manager, he has managed six teams in the Eredivisie and also had stints in Portugal and Spain before he came to England to continue the renaissance of Southampton begun by Mauricio Pochettino — despite seeing some of that club's best players sold over the past two summer windows.

He led the Saints to 7th place in his first season and then 6th place this term, finishing just three points off the top four but securing Europa League qualification for the second year running.


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Mark Murphy
1 Posted 14/06/2016 at 09:41:32
Great news that Ron has been announced – I'm made up and excited for the future.

Bob Cumiskey
2 Posted 14/06/2016 at 09:44:04
Welcome, Ron, and all the very best of luck for the future with our beloved club.

Excellent work carried out by EFC here; going about their business in a stealth-like fashion. Well done to all involved and I never doubted this would happen for a minute, now Moshiri is involved.

Well done and here's to an exciting summer of transfer activity and a very successful Premier League campaign. COYBB!!

Andrew Presly
3 Posted 14/06/2016 at 09:44:12
Manager Ronald 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."

The Chairman?!

Welkom Ronald.

Robbie Shields
4 Posted 14/06/2016 at 10:39:05
Welcome to the Mighty Blues Ronald, now let's start announcing to the world that Everton are back!!!!! Be afraid... very afraid!!!!!!!!
Kim Vivian
5 Posted 14/06/2016 at 11:04:56
Now we wait and watch...exciting times.

Anyone watched the "Nothing will be the same'" short film on the OS? Nice.

Les Green
6 Posted 14/06/2016 at 11:48:01
Apparently just officially announced on SSN.
Garry Corgan
7 Posted 14/06/2016 at 11:53:11
SSN have been looping the story for a few hours.
Ged Simpson
8 Posted 14/06/2016 at 12:35:59
Roger Helm
9 Posted 14/06/2016 at 12:37:46
Welcome Mr Koeman to the best club in England. I think this may be the start of something big.
Andy Meighan
11 Posted 14/06/2016 at 12:39:32
Be interesting to see who we are going to sign. And let go
Anthony Hawkins
12 Posted 14/06/2016 at 12:40:44
Welcome RK! I'm interested to know who will be part of his backroom staff.
Andy Meighan
14 Posted 14/06/2016 at 12:41:52
Be interesting to see who we are going to sign... And let go.
Nev Renshaw
15 Posted 14/06/2016 at 12:42:45
Welcome to Everton RK. Please turn my club's fortunes around. Thank you.
Pete Ellingham
16 Posted 14/06/2016 at 12:43:11
Great news. Now let's get in some quality players! Welcome to Everton!!!
Paul Smith
17 Posted 14/06/2016 at 12:44:22
Although not my first choice glad all the mystery has been removed and we can concentrate on new signings. The positions I feel we need to strengthen first is right down the spine of the team.

I wouldn't mind Forster and Van Dijk from Southampton and possibly Wijnaldum from Newcastle. Then we need 2 strikers if Lukaku goes and I personally would like Batsuyi and 1 other.

My hope is we now play football at a higher tempo and we have more than one way of playing. Here's to an interesting few months anyway, good luck Ronnie.

Paul Black
18 Posted 14/06/2016 at 12:45:57
I feel a bit like a kid who opened his Christmas presents in November and surprised there were no surprises left....but very relieved we have landed, guess what? Our first choice from a guy who won't say no and who really does seem to understand that NSNO is not just a vacuous punchline))
Lennart Hylën
19 Posted 14/06/2016 at 12:46:50
Welkom bij Everton heer Koeman. I wish you all the best.
Barrie Abbott
20 Posted 14/06/2016 at 12:48:55
Brilliant news, hope he can get the best out of the likes of Mirallas and rest of current squad and bring some ambitious signings too.

Plenty of time to hit the ground running next season.

Ah Blue Ron Ron Ron, Ah Blue Ron Ron

Tony Draper
21 Posted 14/06/2016 at 12:49:52
Welcome Ronald:
Keep your pressers crisp!
Keep your sheets clean.
Keep Stones.
Keep Lukaku scoring.

Keep Lukaku's and his Dad's gobs shut.

Keep an eye on the Academy.

That's not bad for starters.

Jason Thomas
22 Posted 14/06/2016 at 12:51:28
Paul – If we had just re-appointed Martinez, I'm sure we would have already conceded!

Not since the eighties have I been more excited about the coming season(s).

David Milner
23 Posted 14/06/2016 at 12:56:02
Best news for ages, now rescind Gibson's contract.
Richard Reeves
24 Posted 14/06/2016 at 12:56:13
I wanted Everton to take a risk on De Boer but good luck to him. I hope he proves to be the best choice.At least we'll get some honest post match interviews.
Ian Burns
25 Posted 14/06/2016 at 12:57:41
Koeman's come!
So have we!
Let's get started.
Patrick Murphy
26 Posted 14/06/2016 at 12:58:01
Do your best Ronald, try and change the mentality at the club to what it used to be and most of all ensure all the players are proud to play for Everton FC and if they're not – get rid and get players in who will be.

Here's hoping for some real success, it won't be easy, it never was, but I hope to see a team that is fully focused on winning football matches on a regular basis. The first season will be difficult for a variety of reasons but surely we can't be left as flat as often as we have been in the last 18 months?

Mike Green
27 Posted 14/06/2016 at 12:59:38
Welcome to Everton Ronald, here's to bright, blue future.

In the new Moshiri world statements appear to be brief and to the point, even BK's seems pretty low key. All seems pretty businesslike though...

I don't expect we'll hear a peep now and then out of nowhere a new signing will appear out of the blue; my gut reaction is it'll be a big splash and a statement of intent, I don't think we're mucking about anymore.

Good luck Mr Koeman.

David Hallwood
29 Posted 14/06/2016 at 13:01:08
Hope the contract forbids him to use 'phenomenal' and 'incredible' in his press conferences...
Paul Black
31 Posted 14/06/2016 at 13:05:30
Dave, 22...

Surely it should include the word 'Intensity' too, please!

Paul Kelly
32 Posted 14/06/2016 at 13:05:57
Finally, unlike many I'm excited by this, after the previous incumbent, what's not to enjoy.

Let's all play Footy Manager over the Euros and see what we end up with, can't wait.

Tony Hill
33 Posted 14/06/2016 at 13:06:40
We should relax now and let it all unfold. I have found the silence from the club frustrating but Mr Moshiri has delivered and that's all that matters for now. I think this will be a fine new chapter for us.

Here's to Everton.

Maynard Hanna
35 Posted 14/06/2016 at 13:08:43
Welcome Mr Koeman. And I notice that Everton have superimposed RK over a backdrop of the Mersey on the club web site. Is this a clue to Everton's new stadium ambitions??? I wonder! and I live in HOPE
Dan Davies
36 Posted 14/06/2016 at 13:09:01
About time! Mr Moshiri targeted and landed the man he wanted, fair play to him.

Welcome to Everton, Mr Koeman! Exciting times ahead.

Right... that's the manager sorted, so what players are we signing? Ha ha! Loving this.

Mark Ryan
37 Posted 14/06/2016 at 13:13:37
Great news. Lets all get behind RK for the summer ahead and if he is not your first choice as the new manager, please get over your disappointment and back him. I'm sure Southampton will go on to appoint FDB and Emery will end up at PSG or suchlike but we should not give a shit.

RK is our manager now and we should all get behind him and back his decisions. He chose us over Southampton because we are a better club and offered him more money. He is no mug. He chose us because he can see we are a top club with renewed ambition and a great history.

Such exciting times ahead for us all. Welcome to RK and well done to the Everton top brass for getting their man.
Brin Williams
38 Posted 14/06/2016 at 13:14:24
Mike Green
39 Posted 14/06/2016 at 13:14:38
Exactly Tony #26 - the club can be as quiet as mice if they deliver.

And as you say, now lets all relax :-)

Simon Jones
40 Posted 14/06/2016 at 13:14:39
At last I'm gonna relax for the rest of the summer. I'm still keeping a lid on my expectations because I think the team that finishes next season will be very different to the one that just finished 2015-16 and any top half finish would be progress.
Tom Bowers
41 Posted 14/06/2016 at 13:15:59
BK gets the Big K at last.

Onward and upward – we all hope and sooner than later to get to the level we all want.

Everton were crap in so many games last season, it was unbelievable... so hopefully Big K will reverse that trend.

Alexander O'Brien
42 Posted 14/06/2016 at 13:16:19
David hallwood 22 - be prepared for the word 'fursht houwff' a lot though.
Bob Cumiskey
43 Posted 14/06/2016 at 13:16:26
Welcome to EFC Ron.
Here's hoping you can make a real impact and have a very successful campaign in 16/17.

Well done to all at EFC for making this happen.
Really looking forward to the new season and the fixtures are out tomorrow too.


Kevin Rowlands
44 Posted 14/06/2016 at 13:17:58
I see there's already a new T shirt.... Koeman you Blues, I like it! First player I'd like to see signed Marek Hamsick, top drawer.
Stephen Coles
45 Posted 14/06/2016 at 13:18:25
Just been on the official Everton site, seems we have a new logo of 'nothing will be the same'!
Jackie Barry
46 Posted 14/06/2016 at 13:19:10
Totally Mark Ryan, it's time to get behind the manager and moaning about who you wanted. Southampton know they have lost a good man and rightly so they are upset, but this is football. Just have to say it but phew glad Moyes isn't coming back!
Ciaran Duff
47 Posted 14/06/2016 at 13:19:48
Was my first choice, so really happy. RS mates are shitting themselves already.
Keith Conchie
48 Posted 14/06/2016 at 13:23:02
Delighted we've signed an INCREDIBLE and PHENOMENAL manager in Koeman. :)

Look forward to seeing who he signs over the summer. Start signing players now and once the Euros is over get the rest of the new players in and settled for the start of the new season, no last minute deadline day panic signings please

Frank Sheppard
49 Posted 14/06/2016 at 13:27:32
Great News. I hope Fraser Forster follows him.
John Graham
50 Posted 14/06/2016 at 13:27:38
Sure to be a few coming in and going out. Going to be an exciting time.
Kevin O'Regan
51 Posted 14/06/2016 at 13:27:59
High hope from all round, what part will the fans play or has EFC lost some of the fanbase over the past couple of years ? Can Goodison be made into a Fortress once more or are we out of breath ? How long will the faithful be patient ? Should be interesting..
Zahir Jaffer
52 Posted 14/06/2016 at 13:28:15
He was on my top 5 list of candidates. It's taken so long to be announced, by the time it was announced my enthusiasm died out.

Now we wait on our summer transfers. Get ready for all the Southampton players to be linked with us.

I'm not excepting the tittle I'm not expecting champions league. I'm just expecting watching us play some nice footy, take down the red shites and be a threat to everyone in the league. COYB!!

Len Hawkins
53 Posted 14/06/2016 at 13:28:22
Patrick #23 I don't think anyone can make the players feel PROUD to represent the club, players are a breed of their own now their self serving attitude that when THEY get fed up they can just simply walk away and play for whoever they think deserves them. For the highest wedge of course!

I wish RK all the best and hope he can bring success back to GP.

John Pierce
54 Posted 14/06/2016 at 13:28:53
Stones to City, Hart plus cash in return
Lukaku to United, Rooney plus cash in return

Smart business that Ron!


George Cumiskey
55 Posted 14/06/2016 at 13:31:17
Great news let's hope for great progress now. I wonder what my mate Stigger in the Dam thinks of this appointment? And my nephew Mike in the States. Exciting times ahead I hope.
Keith Conchie
56 Posted 14/06/2016 at 13:36:31
John (#51),

I would agree with the Stones to city and we get Hart plus cash, but the Lukaku deal? Do you really want Rooney who is well past his best coming back. Haven't we moved on from these kind of signings?

Kevin Rowlands
57 Posted 14/06/2016 at 13:39:06
Very good appointment and thank fuck no more cringeworthy pressers.

I've been watching Roberto on ESPN coverage of the Euros, nice fella but Christ does he talk some shite. All I can think of watching him is Baines rolling his eyes in the derby, it's easy to see why.

Lewis Barclay
58 Posted 14/06/2016 at 13:40:15
I like that he's signed only a three-year contract.

Hopefully it means he's been given the backing to get us challenging for Champions League football quickly.

Alec Smith
59 Posted 14/06/2016 at 13:42:57
Welkom! Now start earning your considerable wedge and get some cracking players in. And I don't mean players that Stoke are looking at either...
Steve Barnes
60 Posted 14/06/2016 at 13:51:57
Well, not bad for a first bit of business Mr Moshiri.....

Now for a new stadium (on the docks)......

Can't wait to see who we bring in and kick out!

Dave Pritchard
61 Posted 14/06/2016 at 13:57:22
Whether he was your first choice or not, with the deed done we all need to get behind him and the club. I have no idea whether he will do a good job but it has given us something to look forward to next season.

Interesting to see what Ron does with the current squad and even more interesting to see if the talked about Moshiri money now appears and we sign a few.

Patrick Murphy
62 Posted 14/06/2016 at 13:58:35
Len (53) I can't argue with you, but I only want to see whichever players that are out there on the park, at any given time, at least appear as if they care.

Too many players at Goodison over the last few months have shown too little respect to the fans as they amble around without much desire – I suppose that's what I meant – even if they should be proud to be employed by Everton FC, no matter how high or low the wages may be.

Joe Foster
63 Posted 14/06/2016 at 13:58:52
At last.
Xavier Spencer
64 Posted 14/06/2016 at 14:02:50
Brilliant! He was my Number One choice but I never fully believed we'd get him.

Well done, Mr Moshiri, you went after your man and got him. Onwards and upwards!!!

Dennis Ng
65 Posted 14/06/2016 at 14:02:51
FINALLY! This took way too long.

Let the summer transfers begin! Hopefully we'll nab a few astute buys instead of following the crazy transfer market standards.

Patrick Murphy
66 Posted 14/06/2016 at 14:09:14
Dennis (66) It took all of 30 days from the end of the season, given that he was contracted to another Premier League club and they weren't prepared to let him go without a fight - not really that long was it? I suppose on Football Manager or other computer games things happen immediately. I just hope regardless of the time taken, the man proves to be the right choice to manage our club.

I do happen to agree with you views on the transfer market; we still have to cut our cloth accordingly until our commercial side starts bringing in serious money.

Nick Entwistle
67 Posted 14/06/2016 at 14:09:17
Thank god that's been sorted. Now I can get on to my usual football news free Summer.... bar the Euros. I'll be back in August to hear about all the wonderful new signings and how everything is going to be awesome!
Alasdair Mackay
68 Posted 14/06/2016 at 14:16:35
Hell of a job he's got to ahead of him this summer.

We have 1 sub-standard goalkeeper, no right back cover (aside from 2 or 3 promising youngsters), no left midfielders and our only decent striker wants to leave.

The rest of the squad are all out of shape and have all just been part of a coup to play badly on purpose, so that the previous manager would be fired.

Good luck, Ron!

Andrew Clare
69 Posted 14/06/2016 at 14:23:43
Good appointment. Hopefully we will be a far more disciplined and fit team full of class players moving the ball quickly with first class ball control.

Clear out the over rated, bring on the youngsters and buy four or five players of genuine quality. Then soon we will be challenging for honours. It's no longer a dream.

Jason Murray
70 Posted 14/06/2016 at 14:27:03
Like they say in The Lion King: "Ha - Koeman Matata". It means No Worries!
Peter Cummings
71 Posted 14/06/2016 at 14:37:10
''Great team great club great fans great tradition'' the only platitude he left out was 'great money' which was the main motivation in his leaving the Saints in the lurch after probably using the same rhetoric when he joined them.

A tad cynical I may be but unfortunately that is the nature of the game today as I have said before, contracts mean nothing any more, loyalty??, 'pull ze ozzer one,it has on it bells', I guess if he can re float our sinking ship and motivate the players who want to stay then he will be welcome.

As for the likes of Stones, Mirallas, and, to a much lesser extent, Lukaku, who yesterday played his usual erratic game v Germany, only time will tell. but as with our new boss money will be a deciding factor.

Dave Abrahams
72 Posted 14/06/2016 at 14:41:45
Good luck and good health, you can do no more than your best.

Looking forward to the new season.

Gareth Williams
74 Posted 14/06/2016 at 14:42:59
Welcome to EFC, Ronald Koeman, you have made the right choice coming to a great club. COYB
Tom Magill
75 Posted 14/06/2016 at 14:43:23
Welcome, Ronald, here's hoping for great times ahead. 😊
Les Green
76 Posted 14/06/2016 at 14:44:13
Ciaran (#48) made me squirt tea out of my nose

I'm now off to get a few sharp elbows in to my RS mates while they're reeling...

Jamie Crowley
77 Posted 14/06/2016 at 14:44:27
As my Blue friend said:

We're Ginger again!

And no Sammy Lee? :0)

Paul Burns
78 Posted 14/06/2016 at 14:50:41
Can't believe Kenwight's come out of woodwork gushing about Koeman, if it was down to him we'd still be stuck with "What a manager" Martinez. The man's a cretin, totally out of his depth and an embarrassment to Everton Football Club.

About time a proper reporter delved into the lies and deals this fake has been involved in, especially what part "Sir" Phillip Green has played in fleecing our club like BHS. We've flogged off the club shop, marketing, training ground and probably Goodison Park itself, seeing Kenwright's failed attempt to build offices on our land – which turned out to belong to a bank.

Eugene Kearney
79 Posted 14/06/2016 at 14:50:45
The Cars had a great song -

"Let The Good Times Roll"

....good times ahead. Time to make NSNO ring totally ture. COYB.

Paul Black
80 Posted 14/06/2016 at 14:51:13
Les Green, 77...

You made me smile and if you missed it before, its about Moshiri's business partner who I seem to remember being rumoured to follow him to Goodison so see if this makes you squirt something else...


Danny O'Neill
81 Posted 14/06/2016 at 14:52:39
Kim (6), saw that and Steve (61); I wonder if the backdrop of the City skyline and waterfront is a hint of stadium to come?!!

Like some, not my first choice, but I wouldn't have been disappointed with any of the candidates linked as long as we steered clear of ALL of the British ones!!

A player I loved watching with a hell of a reputation in the game. Here's hoping he delivers.

Welcome Mr Koeman.

Christopher Timmins
83 Posted 14/06/2016 at 15:04:34
The best of luck to our new manager, may he be given time, financial backing and patience by everyone associated with the club.

Brent Stephens
84 Posted 14/06/2016 at 15:05:36
Roberto deselection, well handled - tick.
New manager appointment, well handled (all done quietly and effectively) - tick.

Now for the rest:
older players to be going, £100 million to be splashed, Stones and Rom situations to be sorted - my pen is hovering;
new dock stadium to be announced - my pen is hovering;
Phil W to piss on our chips - ... (sorry, Phil, I actually enjoy your posts usually).

Dennis Ng
85 Posted 14/06/2016 at 15:11:31
Patrick 66, I don't disagree on the need for the wait given he is employed. Koeman is a good candidate and that we're linked to good candidates throughout is a sign of good things to come. I guess it can't be helped. I'm more confused than frustrated since last week given we've agreed on all the details but that might just the media stirring the pot.

The "warchest" is one that worries me, but if we get Monchi unveiled next with the new club structure finalized, that will be less of a worry. I can't see us spending $100m every time we change managers without getting into trouble with FFP. Really looking forward towards the DoF appointment and the direction of our transfer activity.

Eivind Nyhus
86 Posted 14/06/2016 at 15:26:11
Any news on a DoF announcement?
Nick Page
88 Posted 14/06/2016 at 15:31:46
Great work. Now all we need is a new team, a stadium, a training ground and a club shop. Not too much to fxcking ask is it. Is it? COYB
Liam Wilson
89 Posted 14/06/2016 at 15:32:54
Now Mr. RK......... let use your "influence" (copyright D.Moyes) in getting Virgil Van Dyke to replace Stones.

And while you are at it..... big Vic Wanyama to replace McCarthy or Besic.

Paul Kossoff
90 Posted 14/06/2016 at 15:37:55
At last. Should we expect a top six finish now? Based on what Leicester achieved last season why not? No longer can a manager use the old 'Give me three year's and I will have a team here.'

Koeman's priorities should be, get rid of the dead wood and get the squad super fit.

Leicester's conversion from odds on relegation candidates to champion's in one season, 'with a manager that was sacked by Greece,' show's what can be achieved with hard work, believe and a solid system.

I hope we buy class player's now and not more journey men. Is this the turning point we have been waiting for? No more false dawn's Coyb.

Mike Allen
91 Posted 14/06/2016 at 15:39:23
Don't want him to buy names just for the sake of it. I want him to build a team that can compete on all levels.

Wedon't have to splash the cash just because we can.
Phil Roberts
92 Posted 14/06/2016 at 15:41:42
I do despair at the lack of PR awareness of some of my fellow blues.

After the Chelsea match, we had clearly out thought and out played them. The manager was under heavy criticism and widely expected to be sacked if we had not won. But we won.

So when asked, what did you expect the chairman to say. Well that was all down to the players because the manager is still useless and will be gone at the end of the season. Course not! He has to back the guy publically even if in private it was if I am still around in 12 months time then I do not want to be going to my grave with my beloved Everton having been relegated.

So criticise him for many things, but being effusive to the media about one of his staff after a good performance is the correct PR response. And this is a guy who knows how to play the media.

Peter Morris
93 Posted 14/06/2016 at 15:43:14
Long awaited and great news. I wonder what Sam Wallace in The Torygraph now thinks, having said that Southampton wouldn't be worried enough even to discuss it,about losing a player, let alone their manager, to Everton. He loves telling Everton to 'know their place' that guy. Up yours, Sam.
Two bits of bad news for Ronald to confront after last night's Italy v Belgium game.
1. Lukaku's transfer value went down about £2m for every useless touch he made in the game. So that would be about £10m then!
2. Pelle's stock, and I expect asking price, will have risen markedly after an exemplary centre forward performance.
James Lauwervine
94 Posted 14/06/2016 at 15:44:14
Koeman you blues!
Jay Harris
95 Posted 14/06/2016 at 15:46:20
First order of the day restore pride in the shirt.

Tell Lukaku he is training with the reserves on his return unless he honours his contract in the way we expect.

Let Stones go to City get Van Dyck and Forster with the fee and right away we have solved our defensive problems with the addition of our new managers tactics of course.

Denis Richardson
96 Posted 14/06/2016 at 15:48:38
Rock on! Now the summer starts.

Please sell Lukaku, McGeady and Kone.

Mark Pendleton
97 Posted 14/06/2016 at 15:49:50
I can understand some cynicism re: the motivation but RK will have seen what he achieved with Saints but also looked at how he probably couldn't go any further as the teams above will keep stealing his players.

He'll have seen how EFC have better resisted that in the past and possibly thought he had the funds to both build a better side and keep more of a side together that would give him a crack at the top 4.

Steve Bingham
98 Posted 14/06/2016 at 15:52:54
Welcome Mr Koeman! To the greatest football club in the world!
Jim Burns
99 Posted 14/06/2016 at 15:59:09
To all those on here who, following the news regarding the delayed announcement last week, decided no news is 'obviously' bad news, and the delay had the 'usual' connotations labelled loosely as another Everton cock up in the offing – it's nice to be wrong occasionally isn't it?

I, for one, am pleased he's here – wanted him from the start, and am glad I avoided the pessimism from some posters on here for at least a few days.

It really does feel like a New Day is dawning – let's all now believe! If we do – it may just happen.

Welcome to our world Ronald – don't let us down.

Dave Roberts
101 Posted 14/06/2016 at 16:04:52
I can't agree with selling Stones. We now have the perfect manager to help this lad achieve the incredible potential he undoubtedly has. The manager is good enough to get Stones to play in his own image and Stones is gifted enough to do it.

Let's remember too that despite Lukaku's obvious limitations he is a very, very good goalscorer and while we can blame him for the semi-final to a degree, without him we may have been playing in the fucking Championship next season with some twat like Warnock as our manager. Let's not be too hasty with Lukaku, he's a young lad who was a member of an underachieving team last season due to a hopelessly out of his depth manager trying to play a system that was systemically obsolete and to which nobody was suited or in tune and yet the lad still scored 25 goals.

The new kid on the block, Vardy, is no great shakes as a 'footballer' either and Rashford's first touch makes Lukaku's look good. Get Pelle in if RK wants him but there is no harm in having two 20 goal strikers in a squad is there?

Ian Pilkington
102 Posted 14/06/2016 at 16:06:29
My first choice, at long last we have become a big club again.
I don't agree that we should sell Stones and certainly not to another Premier League club; I'm sure RK can turn him into a world class player.
Paul Kossoff
103 Posted 14/06/2016 at 16:06:35
Eugene (#75),

It was Loise Jordan who sang Let The Good Times Roll, a Number One in 1947.

The Cars song was Good Times Roll... Let's hope we are singing them this season. Coyb.

Terry Underwood
104 Posted 14/06/2016 at 16:07:24
The saints fans ain't happy – check out the Southern Evening Echo online...
Keith Glazzard
106 Posted 14/06/2016 at 16:15:25
Welcome, in lots of ways. Simple as that.
Paul Needham
108 Posted 14/06/2016 at 16:21:20
Welcome. Good times ahead I feel. COYB
Scott Hamilton
109 Posted 14/06/2016 at 16:26:43
100% delighted. I'm off to drink Amstel out of a clog.
John Davies
110 Posted 14/06/2016 at 16:29:22
Best news we've had at Everton for many years. Good luck to Ronald Koeman and his team. Surely John Stones will want to be coached by this guy? Be bloody daft not to. Our brilliant football club might just be on the way back up. Happy days.
Geoff Williams
111 Posted 14/06/2016 at 16:29:31
This is the first day of our bright new future. News of the new ground next please followed by some great summer signings.
Danny O'Neill
112 Posted 14/06/2016 at 16:34:13
You can't blame them Terry. If I was in their position I'd be pretty miffed too. Second time they've lost a very promising manager and this time one who delivered European football twice despite having his best players sold twice.

I'm pleased for us but we're Everton so humility vice Chelsea like arrogance for me.

Tamhas Woods
113 Posted 14/06/2016 at 16:36:54
After the disappointment of getting Martinez three years ago, after I wanted Rangnick, this time I have got a wish I've harboured since (I'd say) around early March.

....And it was a stance which only strengthened when Southampton made us look ridiculous the following month at GP and were plain robbed.

On 5th March, we lost three points in the space of 12 minutes, but probably achieved more in the long run as it represented the beginning of RM's terminal decline.

This appointment shows that Moshiri is the real deal and we truly are entering a new era.

Ian Price
114 Posted 14/06/2016 at 16:45:11
Are we still looking at a Director of Football or is Koeman getting full control?
Ken Buckley
115 Posted 14/06/2016 at 16:45:29
We have a new manager.

Yet many things wont change. We will go to the games and hope as ever that now is our time. Celebrate new players and argue over those that have either gone or stayed.
Winning at home and being sent home singing will be our first hope. Winning at home and playing joined up stuff will be our second.

Away trips leaving us always with a good shout of victory and being able to boast a team of top class players to sing about whilst waiting for our new 'Goodison on the Water' to be redied.
Domestic titles and cups to be in with a shout for as well as those euro nights out that end in far away places contesting a final.
The dream is the same but can our new mates Mozza and Big Ron deliver and turn dreams into reality.
I have the feeling that at last we just may.

Gerry Quinn
116 Posted 14/06/2016 at 16:47:46
Great news - especially after such a prolonged wait - so, after waiting all this time, here is the photo that everyone has been waiting for...our new Manager in an Everton shirt...


Gerry Quinn
117 Posted 14/06/2016 at 16:48:32
Ken, were you in your seat when you wrote that? :)
Denis Richardson
118 Posted 14/06/2016 at 16:56:35
Fixture list out yet?
Craig Harrison
119 Posted 14/06/2016 at 17:19:38
June 15th
David Price
120 Posted 14/06/2016 at 17:27:01
Good luck to Southampton they've lost a great manager but we are a sleeping giant and Koeman will transform our belief in what we can achieve. The man is class.
Colin Malone
121 Posted 14/06/2016 at 17:47:36
Only 3 years???

Good, because of the wages Koeman is on?

Bad, he may still want the Arsenal job?

Ian Burns
122 Posted 14/06/2016 at 17:54:40
Gerry - 117 - thanks for the Link - I voted "Yes" by the way.
Kim Vivian
123 Posted 14/06/2016 at 18:02:34
They aren't are they, Terry? I just spent half an hour reading all that stuff in the Southern Daily. Here's a link if anyone's interested:


Mark Ryan
124 Posted 14/06/2016 at 18:18:36
Just seen his first interview on Sky and he seems very happy and it was good to see him wearing the shirt. He gave mention of Moshiri and talked of the fans and the stadium. Happy days
Colin Glassar
125 Posted 14/06/2016 at 18:18:43
We are entering a brave new world people. Our comfy, cozy little club is no more. The days of celebrating survival or top 6 finishes are over. No more knives to a gunfight we are now going to war in an Abrams tank.

Moshiri and Koeman both have their own agendas which is success at any cost. Moshiri because he wants a return on his investment, Koeman because he wants the Barcelona job.

BK and his amateurs will have no place in this new order, neither will substandard players. Success, on and off the field, will be the driving force. The winds öf change are blowing.

Phil Bellis
126 Posted 14/06/2016 at 18:21:25
I hope he sorts out the defence and "fitness" and has the good sense to maintain/retain Sheedy and Unsy's work
To crib a cracking headline from last week..
Are we Koeman? Or are we Danka btu ?
James Parker
127 Posted 14/06/2016 at 18:22:14
The problem with this appointment for me is, it feels like a dishonest bit of business.

On the one hand, we poach from a club we have good terms with on the other a coach that is a serial Judas when it comes to how loyal or long he will stay.

Is that the new Everton Way? Disloyal to loyal players and friends. Oh sorry... I forgot, it's just business.

Phil Bellis
128 Posted 14/06/2016 at 18:25:15
Please ignore the Fn predictive txt at end...Lord knows!
Stephen Davies
129 Posted 14/06/2016 at 18:26:10
Listened to the interview on sky, his ambition seemed to be to emulate the Everton of the past.
He never said anything about us first getting 40 points
Looks like we are moving forward
Ron Marr
130 Posted 14/06/2016 at 18:27:17
This is a funny clip from Men In Blazers with co-host and Evertonian Roger Bennett.
"When Ronnie met Jurgy" look out for the (over)reactions from Klopp and the reaction from Koeman at the end

When Ronnie met Jurgy

Eugene Kearney
131 Posted 14/06/2016 at 18:46:30
Paul#103 - Thanks for correcting me. I had never heard Louis Jordan's song....have it on Youtube as I type.

I have a strange feeling we'll be singing either song this season. ;-)

Barry Jones
132 Posted 14/06/2016 at 18:49:02
I have a strong and positive feeling that this could be the best piece of business that EFC has undertaken in many years.
Dave Ganley
133 Posted 14/06/2016 at 19:00:10
As ever a fine way with words Ken Buckley. I am very excited for the coming season now the new manager is in place. Yes I will probably moan about players leaving, want instant success as ever, in fact as Ken rightly says, most things won't change as far as most match going blues are concerned. However, the one thing that will change is that I will finally start to enjoy going to the game again, something I haven't done for a long time.

The potential for us now is immense. If Koeman can finally sort the defence out and get rid of the players who really don't want to be here and replace them with quality then happy days. Obviously nothing is guaranteed but I haven't been this excited for the prospects of our great club for many a year. Roll on the new season.

By the way, I have been pissing myself laughing at all the RS comments on social media. It's amazing how all of a sudden they have become obsessed with our business. Ha ha they are sitting themselves that we are on the way back. Long may it continue.

Ian Bennett
134 Posted 14/06/2016 at 19:19:11
My number one choice. Big name, plays with a good style, solid teams and shrewd in the transfer market.

Looking forward to the summer activity, and hope he can build every transfer window over next 4+ years. Fingers crossed the motto will mean what it says.

Nil Satis Brothers!

Mark Tanton
135 Posted 14/06/2016 at 19:26:54
I might even look forward to our Anfield visit, in the hope we'll take part in the game this time around.
Ian Brandes
136 Posted 14/06/2016 at 19:36:02
At last some excellent news. But we must show some initial patience. He has a lot to sort out in the wake of the previous manager, and his staggering incompetence.

And that is not an easy task.

Colin Glassar
137 Posted 14/06/2016 at 19:39:58
At least one marquee signing please, someone to get the pulse racing. It's all well and good being linked to the likes of Pelle, Berahino, Wijnaldum etc.... All good players in their own right but I'd like a stand out signing like James Rodriguez or a Julian Draxler or even a player like Naingolan. In other words, an iconic player.

Anyone else notice that the Koeman interview on Everton tv wasn't in this country? I think that was filmed a few days ago on his hols.

Paul Conway
138 Posted 14/06/2016 at 19:48:40
I won't be expecting instant success, as he has a lot to do in sorting the wheat from the chaff! And that alone will take time... finding clubs to buy our deadwood and paying outrageous over-inflated prices for under-performers will be time consuming.

But all in all, nothing but Blue Skies from now on!

Paul Kossoff
139 Posted 14/06/2016 at 19:49:56
Eugene 131, No probs Eugene, apparently it's been recorded by dozens of artist's, my favourite when I was a lad, Georgie Fame. It's in the Blues Brothers film too.

New song for Everton: 'Koeman, let the good times roll.'

Eugene Ruane
140 Posted 14/06/2016 at 20:03:50
Colin (137) you might be in luck.

Spotted at Finch Farm earlier and Koeman known to be a fan.


Winston Williamson
141 Posted 14/06/2016 at 20:08:04
When do our players (who are not playing in the Euros) report back for training?

I'm not expecting signings until after that point...

Steve Bell
142 Posted 14/06/2016 at 20:15:52
James Parker (#127),

We didn't 'poach' their manager. Everything was done above board and with the consent of Southampton. They could've said "No"; Koeman could have said "No". It was not an illegal approach.

And yes, maybe one day Koeman will be attracted to another project... but let's show him some backing whilst he is our manager.

Ian Bennett
143 Posted 14/06/2016 at 20:15:57
Col - Nainggolan looked poor to me last night. Not seen much before, but looked a joe average water carrier at best.
Aidy Dews
144 Posted 14/06/2016 at 20:31:10
Colin, Draxler would be a brilliant signing and I was only thinking about him the other day. Wolfsburg didn't have the best of seasons domestically and I'm not sure if they made Europe again or not but I think he could be getable and he plays in the 2 positions I think we need quality in, left mid and No.10! I did hear Schalke would like him back, but could they afford him?

Another player I wouldn't mind to bolster our striking options is Huntelaar. I think he's been released by Schalke now and to add quality I think he'd be a great signing. IF we lost Lukaku though we would need another striker.

I can't wait to see what Koeman has got up his sleeve players wise. I just hope he gets the required quality in and kicks us on. For his first season, a push for Europe through the league and a cup win would be nice.

Welcome Ron and all the best fella!

Paul Kossoff
145 Posted 14/06/2016 at 20:33:04
Song for our new manager, to the tune of Slade's Come On, Feel The Noise:

Koeman's joined the Blues, We ain't gonna loose,
Cos we're Everton, yes we're Everton.
The Reds will scream and moan man,
Cos we got Ronald Koeman,
Cos we're Everton, yes we're Everton every day.

Feel free to add. 😇

Michael Coffey
146 Posted 14/06/2016 at 20:34:52
Eugene all I got when I hit the link was a shot of what looked like the main piazza in Parma
Clive Rogers
147 Posted 14/06/2016 at 20:50:09
Paul #78,
Well said. Kenwright also wanted Moyes back apparently. Now he's gushing about "our" first choice. What a two faced fraud he is. He almost destroyed Everton sacrificing them to his massive ego.
Andy Walker
148 Posted 14/06/2016 at 20:53:14
Eugene I'd give up if I were you.......

I chuckled though, thanks.

George Cumiskey
149 Posted 14/06/2016 at 21:01:06
I hope good old Bill doesn't try and take the credit for this appointment, at least he didn't waffle on luvvie style about it. Moshiri must have told him to keep it short and sweet and don't embarrass the club again.
Ray Said
150 Posted 14/06/2016 at 21:05:49
Michael (146) 'Marquee' signing = link to a pic of a marquee? I thought it was witty anyway.
Dave Pritchard
151 Posted 14/06/2016 at 21:06:01
Clive 147 apparently you have some inside knowledge. Please tell us more.
Brent Stephens
152 Posted 14/06/2016 at 21:08:50
Sounds bollocks, Clive.
Colin Glassar
153 Posted 14/06/2016 at 21:48:56
Looks good Eugene, BK could hold his AGM in there with his invisible friends. Ian, Naingolan is a brilliant little player but like most of the Belgians last night he was off colour. Anyway, I think he's going to City.
Aidy, Draxler would be brilliant and he's only 22-23. Like you said he can play in more than one position. He's the next Tony Kroos.
Ernie Baywood
154 Posted 14/06/2016 at 22:20:44
Doesn't feel dishonest to me at all. We're finally acting like a bigger club. If we want Southampton's manager them we get him. And if he wants to go and grab a couple of Southampton's players we'll be supportive of that. After all, he's ambitious, he's our manager now and should only be thinking of our club's interests.

Of course, to hold that view you probably need some perspective about our players and managers moving onto what they perceive to be bigger clubs. You don't have to like it, you just can't demonise them.

Christy Ring
155 Posted 14/06/2016 at 22:38:15
I'm delighted he's bringing Jan Kluitenberg, his fitness coach with him. The amount of hamstring injuries, and the medical team Martinez had in place last season was abysmal.
Michael McCarthy
156 Posted 14/06/2016 at 22:39:22
Mr Moshiri is a doer not a talker...I like that.
Phil Malone Jnr
157 Posted 14/06/2016 at 22:39:41
Realistic big transfer options:
Witsel - Zenit
Hulk - Zenit
Milik - Ajax
Embolo - Basel
Draxler - Wolfsberg
Koulibaly - Napoli
Shaw - Man utd
Hamsik - Napoli

The value is in the dutch and french leagues. Spain, Germany (now) Italy and England, you're paying over the odds. There will no doubt be a few people we haven't heard of unless you've played footy manager (youri Tielemans, Denis Praet, etc) that will come up.
Top and bottom is, unless we're another leicester, we've got to buy big to let people know we're back. I think a few marquee signings would put us on the map and other big names would follow.

Les Martin
158 Posted 14/06/2016 at 22:53:33
Welcome Ron you are being paid a lot of money and boy are you going to earn it.
Lots to sort out with players leaving and who to bring in.
First get the lads fit and organised please.
No doubt there will be many new arrivals and it will be interesting to see who he can entice without the offer of European football. Obviously his name and reputation wont do him no harm
I hope he clears out the midfield Barry is coming to an end and McCarthy just offers nothing. Sorts out organises and strengthens the defence and decides on the best form of attack options.
Very exciting times ahead I feel but he will need time, so lets not expect too much too soon.
Roger Helm
159 Posted 14/06/2016 at 23:16:45
Yes I agree, we need a new midfield to replace the crocks and the retirees. When Lukaku goes we will need a new strike force and our defence was weak last term so that needs sorting.

A new goalie is essential also, perhaps two. New medical and physio staff are a must, as well as conditioning and fitness coaches to get all the lads into shape.

And the new stadium, let's not forget that.

Paul Smith
161 Posted 14/06/2016 at 23:55:50
Really pleased this has happened.

Feels weird to have what I have always wanted - the blues sat at the top table again.

I used to look at the so called big clubs with envy, mixed with relief that we hadn't sold out soul, heart and integrity for bought success. Now Ronald has accepted his project its a case of enjoy the ride.......after all, it's about winning at any cost, something that's been missing at quaint old Everton for some time.

It'll be wonderful to go to Anfield and not fear failure.

Laurie Hartley
162 Posted 15/06/2016 at 01:38:20
Ken # 115 - I can hear the sunshine in your voice again. Back to the rest of the posts.

Up the Blues

Phil Bellis
164 Posted 15/06/2016 at 10:13:17
Talking of songs and it being a slow day...
I'm quite partial to a bit of Bonnie Tyler and this cracking chorus:


Colin Malone
165 Posted 15/06/2016 at 10:53:45
Koeman made Shane Long a better player. So who he keeps and lets go, is fine by me. I'm just glad he kept Darren Gibson. Watch this space, the Gibson critics.
Mike Allison
166 Posted 15/06/2016 at 21:00:32
Colin, Gibson doesn't really have critics, just an apalling fitness record. We all think he's quite good, but he hardly ever plays. The fitness coach and physios are the ones who are going to matter.

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