Everton appoint Dutchman Koeman as manager

Liverpool, June 14 (IANS) English football club Everton confirmed the appointment of Dutchman Ronald Koeman as its new manager on a three-year contract to June 2019 on Tuesday.

A Champions League winner as a player at FC Barcelona and winner of the European Championship with the Netherlands, Koeman has won eight trophies as a manager including three Dutch Eredivisie league titles, the KNVB (Dutch) Cup and the Copa Del Rey in Spain.

He is the only man to have played for and managed the “big three” clubs in the Netherlands — Ajax, PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord — and his managerial career has embraced spells at Benfica in Portugal and Spanish side Valencia. He has also served as assistant manager for the Netherlands and FC Barcelona.

In each of the past two seasons he has led Southampton to seventh and sixth-place finishes in the Premier League and qualification for the Europa League.

Chairman Bill Kenwright said in a statement: “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.”

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.”

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

–IANS

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