Everton manager job race

Everton Set to Announce Ronald Koeman As New Manager

Ronald KoemanEverton are set to announce that Ronald Koeman will become their new manager imminently, according to media reports.

The Blues and Koeman’s current employer Southampton have been locked in talks since the Dutchman returned from holiday towards the end of last week.

Koeman’s appointment appears to be all but confirmed, however, after the two clubs finally agreed on the compensation package concerning the 53-year-old’s backroom team.

The Liverpool Echo claims that the drawn-out negotiations were down to Everton wanting Koeman’s assistant manager and brother, Erwin, along with fitness coach Jan Kluitenberg, to join him at Goodison Park.

And with Southampton accepting a fee to release both from their contracts, it is a formality that Koeman will become the new man in charge in L4.

Fellow Saints coaches Sammy Lee and Dave Watson, however, will remain on the South coast as they were appointed externally by the St. Mary’s based side.

Simon Peach, chief football writer for the Press Association, also tweeted the news concerning Koeman’s backroom staff.

Former Ajax and Barcelona star Koeman has been majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri’s number one target to replace Roberto Martinez, who was sacked as Everton boss last month.

The ex-Valencia, Benfica and Feyenoord manager is expected to be handed a contract worth £3 million a year, as well as a transfer kitty in excess of £100 million as he is entrusted with rebuilding Everton’s first-team squad.

Everton are believed to have offered a £5 million compensation package to Southampton for Koeman and his backroom team – a fee that the Saints have agreed to accept.

The Blues are said to be ready to announce Koeman as their manager in the coming days, while the Dutchman, who is enjoying another holiday, is expected to face the media for the first time upon his return next week.

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Tom Power is a 28 year old trainee journalist and assistant editor of NSNO.

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