Thursday, 2 June 2016

Koeman favourite for Everton job

No. 2 in a regular series of Everton articles

Various outlets are reporting Koeman has held talks with Everton
This time last week Ronald Koeman appeared almost out of the frame for the vacant Everton manager’s job.

However the recent Pellegrini and De Boer rumours have been quashed by the news that the Southampton manager may well be on the verge of signing for the Toffees (according to Dutch journalist Tim de Wit).

As Moshiri is now in charge Everton carry significant weight in the managerial market; rumours point to the Blues’ billionaire offering the next manager a huge sum of money for transfers to improve the squad in addition to a large wage. This could tempt Koeman to join the Toffees.

Regardless of certain opinions on Twitter, Everton Football Club is historically successful and one of British football’s heavyweights. The club has much potential for the near future. It would therefore be an exciting chance for Koeman to try and restore the Blues to their former successful status. Recent form does not mean Southampton are even close to being a bigger club than Everton – and I would imagine the Dutchman likely recognises that this move would be far from a sidestep.

With an already talented squad at Goodison Park, serious investment and the possibility of a new stadium on the horizon, it is an exciting time for Evertonians – if Koeman is indeed the man Moshiri wants above any other candidate then he would be missing out on a huge opportunity if he was to turn the offer down.

Although his assistant coach Sammy Lee may be better off staying at St. Mary’s.

The Right Direction
Everton's majority shareholder is rumoured to be on the lookout for a Director of Football
Another interesting talking point this week has been the rumours that Everton are also looking to sound out somebody to fulfil the role of ‘Director of Football’. After Sevilla’s Monchi (real name Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo) oversaw the Spanish side achieve their third straight Europa League victory, and his future became uncertain, he was linked to the role Moshiri appears to be recruiting for. However of late the rumours have died down and Monchi may well remain at Sevilla.

Providing the right candidate for the job is enlisted, having a DoF at Goodison Park could prove a productive and successful idea. He could provide a level of consistency when it comes to values, philosophy and recruitment. The coaching and playing staff would have to suit the DoF’s desires and ambitions (the role of ‘manager’ would become redundant and instead be replaced by ‘head coach’) and he would have significant control over the on-goings at the club.

Perhaps Koeman suits the man Moshiri has in mind – fellow Dutchman and Ajax DoF Marc Overmars has also been linked to the role.

Ultimately another week has passed since frustrations began to mount regarding the lack of news coming from Goodison Park. Hopefully today’s (Thursday's) developments suggest that the Everton board are indeed progressing with their thorough search to sign the right man to help provide true success for the Toffees once more. 

Everton could well have a new man in charge in the coming days. 

Alex Leonard. 

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