Everton chairman Bill Kenwright has revealed that Ronald Koeman was always the number one choice to become the club’s new manager.
Koeman signed a three-year deal with the Blues on Monday, and faced the media for the first time on Friday afternoon.
The Dutchman sat alongside Kenwright to field questions from the assembled press, with the 53-year-old receiving positive reviews for his passionate responses.
And when quizzed over Koeman’s appointment, Kenwright told Everton’s official site that the former Southampton boss was always the Toffees’ priority signing to replace Roberto Martinez.
“I think he made an impression before we met him,” Kenwright beamed.
“It was a sad day – because we don’t say goodbye to a lot of managers – to say goodbye to Roberto [Martinez] but, when Farhad [Moshiri] and I sat down, Ronald was absolutely the first name on his lips and on my lips.
“He is very much the choice of the board and, from what I can gather, a big, big choice for Evertonians.
“We have spent a bit of time together and I have told him that I have seldom felt so much unanimity in the fanbase for a signing. It is a big signing for us.
“Ronald certainly says all the right things and I was impressed with everything he said in the press conference. He knows he has got our total, total support and we are grateful that he has chosen to join Everton.”