Koeman excited by Everton 'project'

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Ronald Koeman has finally been announced as Everton's new manager
The new Everton manager spoke with evertontv and described how the board's big plans were a significant factor in his decision to take up the reins at Goodison Park.

The 53-year-old was finally unveiled as the Blues' boss this morning following protracted negotiations with Southampton and the need to tie up the final loose ends but he is now able to talk about his new role.

Koeman talked about the need to get the team playing for the fans again and work towards bringing the glory days back to the Toffees.

"It's a great feeling. When I first had contact from the Chairman and Farhad Moshiri, I was interested to listen and to hear of the big project that they want for the coming seasons in the Premier League. I'm very pleased to be part of that."

"The ambition is always to give the fans spirit, to show them that the team is always fighting for everything and to try to play good football.

"[When talking about] Everton and their history and it's a big one. To try and reach what [the club] did in the past is difficult but with the people at the club and with the fans, everything is possible."

Koeman has experience of Goodison Park, both as a player and a manager with Southampton and he says he is looking to savouring the special atmosphere that can be created in the intimate environs of the Grand Old Lady,

"To play away against Everton, it's nice," the Dutchman continued. "There's always a good atmosphere on the pitch. [The stands] are really close to the pitch and that's good because every team at home like to have the 12th player behind them.

"But it's all about the players. You have to win their respect and their confidence and we're looking forward to the start of the season."


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Bob Hannigan
1 Posted 14/06/2016 at 19:37:23
O.K., Skipper, welcome aboard now let's get to work!
John Graham
2 Posted 14/06/2016 at 19:44:04
Good to hear him talking about fighting to win games after some weak displays last season. As long as players are prepared to give 100% effort on the pitch they will get 100% support from the fans. We all know some players are better than others with lots of different skills but there is no excuse for lack of effort.
Will be interesting to see the teams he selects pre season. Think a few who were first choice for Martinez are going to be disappointed.
Dan Davies
3 Posted 14/06/2016 at 19:51:30
It's a breath of fresh air that interview, for the first time in a long time I was actually interested in what Evertons manager had to say!

The ' everything is possible' part was encouraging.

Liam Reilly
4 Posted 14/06/2016 at 19:51:58
"the big project that they want for the coming seasons".

Hopefully that's a state of the art stadium on the docks and ambition to smash through that glass ceiling of the top 4.

Exciting being a blue for once.

Lewis Pykett
5 Posted 14/06/2016 at 19:53:47
Very happy we're getting Ronald Koeman. I reckon he'll sort out the dressing room and get us playing the full 90 mins. Our squad (with a bit of tweaking and the right tactics) can go a long way.

Hope he knows how to use lots of money. Buy a few class players not loads of average players, please, and I'll be happy. COYB

Jim Hardin
6 Posted 14/06/2016 at 20:05:01
I figured out the reason for the delay. Nothing to do with terms or conditions at all. Simply, his shirt was ordered through Kitbag and took several weeks to be delivered.
Michael Polley
7 Posted 14/06/2016 at 20:14:13
Welcome to our great club. I like what he says. Now the rebuilding work begins. I'm feeling very positive for once.
Ged Simpson
8 Posted 14/06/2016 at 20:32:30
Great news, I hope. Disciplined man and will not let the likes of me think he manages the club! Wise.
Mads Kamp
9 Posted 14/06/2016 at 21:14:29
Halleluja! Next up Schmeichel and Wijnaldum.
Tom Cuffe
10 Posted 14/06/2016 at 21:19:32
Welcome aboard RK, now go and win us the league!
Peter Morris
11 Posted 14/06/2016 at 21:21:53
On no. The dreaded 'project' word. I never thought I would hear it associated with my club. You expect it from some money grabber who is using it to justify some obscene signing on fee for one of the usual suspects, but not us.
On the other hand, that's exactly what he's done.
Ian Riley
12 Posted 14/06/2016 at 21:37:42
For the first time in supporting Everton. There appears to be a plan/project:

Team winning on a consistant basis.
Champions league qualification.
New ground.

For this to happen financial backing must happen. It is here with a board intent on making it happen. Time will tell, but for the first time it's not a distant dream.

Colin Glassar
13 Posted 14/06/2016 at 21:55:27
Where's Phil Walling when you need him? Far too much optimism on TW today. C'mon Phil, tell us we'll be lucky to finish in the top half, bring back some sanity to this place.

I wonder where that interview was filmed? Certainly not in Liverpool.

Tony Hill
14 Posted 14/06/2016 at 22:09:40
What's pleasing is that you can tell his heart really isn't in it when he's prompted to ingratiate himself with the fans. He swiftly turns back to the players and how he has to get their respect and commitment. He's also quick to point out how the players have to live right in order to be effective.

Not one to mess about, Ronald, I suspect.

Colin Glassar
15 Posted 14/06/2016 at 22:33:04
He comes across as being not interested in being popular Tony. The players are in for a shock after Roberto's happy house.
Ian Glassey
16 Posted 14/06/2016 at 22:34:49
Colin 13. I think that was done while he was on his holiday, you could see some one walking in to the hotel with a big water bottle having just been down the supermarket for a bit of shopping. And who was the guy doing the interview ?
Tom Bowers
17 Posted 14/06/2016 at 22:44:49
There is always just cause for optimism when a new manager comes in especially when things took a dramatic downturn last season.
We all knew there was a lot of talent at the club but somehow RM was not utilizing it properly or he was not doing much in the motivation department which resulted in a severe lack of confidence throughout the whole team even after getting a goal ahead.
Nothing is certain however and fingers crossed with Moshiri at the financial helm together with the new manager we can finally get this club back to where it should be, firmly with the elite.
Ian Burns
18 Posted 14/06/2016 at 22:46:09
That was a "phenomenal" interview and an "incredible" opening statement.

He naturally still appears detached but I like the underlying message he is already giving the players and on the other hand he is talking of winning the players' respect.

So far, so good - in fact he just might turn out to be the real "phenomenal" manager we have been seeking!

Sam Hoare
19 Posted 14/06/2016 at 22:48:24
Pretty standard interview. Will wait to see who he brings in and how he has us playing.
Eric Holland
20 Posted 14/06/2016 at 22:53:29
What odds on Southampton first match?
Paul Hewitt
21 Posted 14/06/2016 at 23:04:01
Top appointment. We will finish top 4 next season. Mark my words.
Damian Wilde
22 Posted 14/06/2016 at 23:04:52
Thanks goodness we'll never have to hear that Spanish clown again.

Welcome Ronny, go get 'em.

Timothy Blanshard
23 Posted 14/06/2016 at 23:04:57
Banished forever is the phrase 'knife to a gunfight' from anything to do with Everton, this fella is a winner. Moyesie is 14/1 for the Saints job today. I might stick a £5 on that tomorrow, he'd do a decent job for them.

I wonder what Ronnie will do with that blank canvas picture frame at the top of the stairs at Finch Farm now?

I can't wait to see who we sign first, a goalie I hope for starters, also Ronnie Koeman's blue and white army rolls off the tongue much better than ofm name does, it's a good sign. ;-)
James Stewart
24 Posted 14/06/2016 at 23:30:19
Saying all the right things and some straight talking is just what the director order post RM. Feeling good to be an Everton fan!
Mike Green
25 Posted 14/06/2016 at 23:33:30
The good thing about that interview was there was no particular misty eyed, blowing smoke up the fans backsides or making any rash predictions. Very workman like and be sure of one thing, he's not planning to be with us long - he wants to prove his point and move on to his dream job (Barca). Which is fine (and will most likely stay in his dreams). To do that he's going to need Champions League football and silverware; so let's get to work polishing up that cv of yours, eh Ron.
Karl Masters
26 Posted 14/06/2016 at 23:55:43
Compare this unveiling with the gushing circus when Martinez was sworn in!

No promises of Champions League football, no Bill practically girating his crutch at the new man and going all giggly when he spoke to the press.

Much more low key, but an undercurrent of determination with Kenwright restricted to a few sentences.

I like it!

Mike Corcoran
27 Posted 15/06/2016 at 00:35:09
It's all about the back room staff. We had League 1 coaches for three years.
Carl Sanderson
28 Posted 15/06/2016 at 00:50:44
Good interview. Short, sweet and to the point. A refreshing change from three seasons of verbal diarrhoea.
Timothy Blanshard
29 Posted 15/06/2016 at 00:52:12
I hope he signs a goalie first.
Tony Draper
30 Posted 15/06/2016 at 06:21:35
This time I just want results.

He can say WTF he likes, it's just the opening stanza.
He came for the dosh (fine, no problem) he apparently has designs on becoming Barça's boss, well good so he's going to have to succeed seriously here then !

He's an employee. He performs well, he gets the due bonuses and some approval. He performs poorly, he gets bollocked and jumps in a taxi.

A few smarmy words won't persuade me of fuck all, results, silver and then I'll reconsider.

I've been fed bullshit and dross for close on three decades (one glorious FA Cup apart), I don't have another three decades left. So Ronald lad, get silver, loads of it, 'cos I've heard the talk before.

Silver Ronald, Silver.

Tony Draper
31 Posted 15/06/2016 at 06:27:10
Oh, fixtures out at 9am today, right ?
Our first match ?

The MASSIVE Southampton away ?
It's certain as Sepp Blatters steaming hot balls.

Mike Mulhall
32 Posted 15/06/2016 at 07:01:41
Koeman you blue boys. So looking forward to the future now
Gareth Clark
33 Posted 15/06/2016 at 07:18:30
What I hear is so so so good!

What I love about Koeman, is that he takes no shit!

Hard work, right attitude, play for the team, entertain the fans. - these are his main points... I for one, am ridiculously happy and excited for what lies ahead!

Onward & upward!!!

(PS - Wijnaldum, Ziyech/Yarmolenko, Benaga, Ryan & Cillesen/Forster, Van Dijk/Dragovic/Mustafi/Manolas, and possibly a RB, Van Der Wiel has good experience...)

Hopefully, we start moving forward at quiet a pace - so players like Barry (even though he's been fantastic - could be offered a squad player & coaching role), Gibson (good squad player to have), need to be moved away from slightly - but kept in the change room!

The only change I want to see - is Lukaku gone!!! Wrong attitude, and I know that Koeman will have problem sitting him on the bench, or in the stands for that attitude - which could be a very good kick in the pants for him! I hope he goes to PSG, for some good money £65mil would be my price for him, but anything around £60mil I'd be happy with.

Get in Janssen/Milik, players with the right attitude instead!

Lastly, I hope he uses the youth well! The likes of Galloway, Kenny, Foulds, Pennington, Browning, Holgate, Ledson - I would like to see a very intense preseason from them!

But I would prefer them to spend a season, where they play every game, preferably in the Championship, if not in League 1. Especially the likes of Galloway, who needs a bit of toughening up and some bulk added on!

I'd keep, Davies, Dowell, Garbutt in the squad for next season.

Anto Byrne
34 Posted 15/06/2016 at 09:00:31
6 million pound man has to deliver the goods. With his record there will be an expectation of success. Won't waste time with anyone not prepared to do the hard work.
Thomas Surgenor
35 Posted 15/06/2016 at 09:11:24
I've been reading a lot of post on Koeman and had my opinion formed by the media. All this "takes no crap" stuff etc

But circumstance led to me getting a chance to speak to an old friend last night who I hadn't had contact with in years. This friend is a respected and very active first team member at southampton. His comments on Ronald were "he will do well at you's, he simplifies things and brings a relaxed environment to the club".

I was surprised at this, as I thought he was gonna say he was a tough hard nose high on disaplin.
Oh, and before anyone asks, no my old friend won't be leaving to join us as much as I'm biased and rate him as one of their top players. Will more than likely finish his career down there.

Joe Edwards
36 Posted 15/06/2016 at 12:06:37
Oh what a joy to not hear 'phenomenal', 'positive moment', in an Everton manager's interview!

I am certain his first job will be to give Lukaku's father a fucking left hook, tell Stones he's not going anywhere, and send Barkley on a self-esteem building weekend with Donald Trump.

Trevor Lynes
37 Posted 15/06/2016 at 12:12:42
We have no real 'name' players at the club.We need to sign a proper midfield general similar to Alan Ball, Tony Kay or Bobby Collins.A player who can beat a man, pass forwards accurately and have stamina.If only there was a Scholes out there to boss the midfield and chip in with goals.Surely there must be players of the standard of Payet, Silva, Hazard, Modrich and Mahrez.Our scouts have never found anyone of their ilk yet other clubs have.Our fans are crying out for a new Messiah with top ball control...he would be absolutely worshipped at Goodison.I reckon we need just three or four top players to replace the drones we have tended to buy.I was sick when I saw a new contract for Gibson and the money spent on Niassie, Kone, Alcaraz, McCarthy, Lennon and others.Our present squad is full of drones, spoilers and players who never score.We used to have teams with players all over the pitch who scored around ten goals a season.Now we totally rely on Lukaku to score our goals.When he is sold we must re-invest whatever we get for him plus the £100 million that has been promised to improve our squad.I do not know what we will do about Niassie who may be a big mistake in paying so much for him.Let us hope that our new manager spends the time between now and the start of next season getting players signed quickly and bedding them into the squad before the season begins.Letting things drag on until the last day or two of the transfer window is ridiculous and very frustrating for the fans as they watch other clubs spend money.The fans should be excited before the season starts and a couple of big signings will do that.Lets start shopping at Harrods and stop waiting for left over's.
Brian Harrison
38 Posted 15/06/2016 at 12:21:01

like you I watched all these great midfield players, but their ilk doesnt exist anymore when Scholes,Viera and Keane retired then so did that type of midfield player. The players like Mahrez and Silva and Payet are good footballers but they couldnt take the game by the scruff of the neck like the players you mentioned. The game has changed and sadly it seems the man who could not only tackle ferociously but also distribute the ball brilliantly don't exist. They are either very good at either tackling or distributing but sadly not both.

Brian Harrison
39 Posted 15/06/2016 at 12:21:01

like you I watched all these great midfield players, but their ilk doesnt exist anymore when Scholes,Viera and Keane retired then so did that type of midfield player. The players like Mahrez and Silva and Payet are good footballers but they couldnt take the game by the scruff of the neck like the players you mentioned. The game has changed and sadly it seems the man who could not only tackle ferociously but also distribute the ball brilliantly don't exist. They are either very good at either tackling or distributing but sadly not both.

Terry Underwood
40 Posted 15/06/2016 at 12:33:40
It seems that Niasse has been judged and written off. Mad Bob will not just have bought him on a whim, he will have been scouted and looked at. I hope Evertonians will give the lad a chance, you never know.
Jim Burns
43 Posted 15/06/2016 at 17:13:23
Karl @ 26 I shouldn't have read your post while biting into a jammy dodger - nearly gagged and choked on the damn thing!
Thomas Surgenor
44 Posted 15/06/2016 at 17:17:51
£6 million a year is roughly £115k a week for a manager. Surely we're not paying him that and it's bonus related?

I can see a rush of players to the chairman's door looking pay rises.

Eric Holland
45 Posted 15/06/2016 at 17:25:59
Sixteen and a half grand a day....
Barry Jones
46 Posted 15/06/2016 at 18:14:08
Karl #26: The thought of Bill girating his nether regions is making me nauseous.
Mike Corcoran
47 Posted 15/06/2016 at 18:48:22
He said he can't do it alone he needs everyone in 1 direction. Not sure if Harry Styles and co are good enough though. Come 'ead Ronko
Thomas Surgenor
48 Posted 15/06/2016 at 18:54:12
Eric 45

Let's hope that 16k a day means he doesn't dither about.

Don't know if I'm jealous or disgusted that someone gets that amount of money per day.

Jack Convery
49 Posted 16/06/2016 at 12:20:18
Lady Green got paid £1.6 Billion in a day !! Now thats disgusting !! or am I just jealous.

Lets do ron ron ron, lets do ron ron !!!

Off to see Bale humble England.

Gary Russell
50 Posted 17/06/2016 at 04:30:54
Kewl Man !
Mark Andrews
51 Posted 18/06/2016 at 11:59:35
I'm really pleased he's here and exited about the new season. What's entertained me is the attitude and fury of Saints fans, they have a sizeable minority of bitter individuals who need a sense of perspective in their lives.

An analogy would be the pretty girl in the village who keeps losing her boyfriends to the beautiful girls in the city. It must be hard for them to stomach but they'll attract a good candidate.

I'm also under no illusions that ambitious Koeman is a long term prospect for us either. He'll use us to raise his profile for a move to a bigger project. Such is life. As long as he improves us along the way, I'll be happy.

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