Everton Football Club have confirmed Southampton boss Ronald Koeman as their new manager on a
Koeman will remain in charge of the Blues until at least the summer of 2019.
The Dutchman told Everton’s official website: “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.
“I am looking forward to meeting everyone at the Club and to preparing for a big season in the Premier League.”
Everton chairman Bill Kenwright added: “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 former Barcelona, Ajax and Netherlands star, Koeman has enjoyed managerial success with a number of different sides – including three Dutch Eredivisie league titles, a Portuguese Super Cup and the Dutch Cup.
Koeman brings assistant manager and brother Erwin, as well as fitness coach Jan Kluitenburg, with him to Merseyside.
Koeman will also find out who his first competitive match, in charge of the Toffees, will be when the 2016/17 Premier League fixtures are released on Wednesday at 9am.