Ronald Koeman is easily one of the most underrated managers in European Football at the moment, however, Everton seem to have identified his talents and are doing their best in pursuing the Dutch manager to take over at Goodison Park next season.
According to Mirror, it seems as a done deal where Koeman will be paid £7million-a-year; double of his wages at Southampton. Sources close to the manager feel that Saints do not have the financial capability to match Koeman’s aspirations whereas Everton are the new financial powerhouse of English Football.
New major shareholder Farhad Moshiri has set a 3-year plan (much like Leicester) to bring Everton back amongst the Premier League elites and Koeman was his preferred replacement for Roberto Martinez.
According to reports from Sky Sports, Koeman will be given a £100million transfer kitty to rebuild the squad which finished 11th last season. Romelu Lukaku is certain to quit Goodison Park with Everton holding on to a £65million asking fee, which then will be invested in signing quality replacements.
What is Koeman’s ambition at Everton?
We saw with Leicester City last season as to what can be achieved with an ambitious and sensible owners in charge. At the first sighting, Moshiri comes across as a person who knows his football and is realistic in his targets.
Everton will be first and foremost be asked to forget the season they had last season and kick on this summer. With the kind of investment we are talking here, combine that with Koeman’s shrewd tactics, Toffees will be on course to attain a top-6 finish this season, like he did with Southampton last season.
Why Koeman is the perfect fit for Everton?
There is something mystique about the way Ronald Koeman goes about his job. His scouting network is as good as anyone else in Premier League right now. In the last 24 months in charge at St. Mary’s, we saw him sign the likes of Mane, Pelle, Tadic, Van Dijk, Forster and Clasie.
All these players have been amongst the very best in Premier League since their arrival much to the credit of Ronaldo Koeman. There is something unique about the way Koeman goes about signing his targets despite the lack of Champions League and big transfer kitty.
Apart from signings, Koeman loves to display attacking football for the fans as well. Southampton were by far one of the most entertaining sides in the league last season, and he has the ability to replicate that with Everton next season.
Size of the task awaiting Koeman
Before doing any damn thing after being given the job, Koeman needs to sort out the future of John Stones and Ross Barkley. The duo were tipped to depart after a horrendous 2015/16 season, however, with a new manager coming in, they may want to change their stance.
Either ways, Koeman needs to figure out their decision soon and then plan accordingly. Lukaku’s situation has gone beyond recovery so all he can hope is to sign a good replacement.
The 53-year old manager will have all the necessary means to succeed at any new club, now it is down to him to use all his experience to lift the mood at Goodison Park next season. A top-end finish will be expected after allowing him a huge transfer kitty to spend.
Coming two months will be crucial for Koeman as he would want to sign all the quality players he possibly can and then build a solid foundation from there on to have a strong finish at the 2016/17 Premier League season.