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Baines: New Blues Boss Koeman Commands Respect

Leighton Baines EvertonLeighton Baines says that new Everton manager Ronald Koeman commanded immediate respect from the Blues’ first-team squad.

Koeman was appointed as the new Toffees manager last month, and has already set about instilling his belief system and tactics among his charges.

The Dutchman has taken the bulk of his first-team squad to Austria for a pre-season training camp during the second week of July.

And Baines revealed that, due to what he has achieved both as a player and manager, the 53-year-old holds everyone’s attention when he speaks.

He told the Liverpool Echo: “He (Koeman) is someone that we automatically respect for what he has done and achieved in football.

“The way he carries and conducts himself, he does command that additional bit of respect.

“He is someone that when he is in the room, you are very much aware of his presence.

“I’ve got a lot respect for what he has done and I’m looking forward to working with him.”

The left-back also went on to discuss the work that Koeman and his backroom team already have the players working on, despite the squad only coming back for pre-season training on July 4.

“We’ve had a few good sessions, a double session on Tuesday,” he added.

“The manager said when he came in, the simple things you have to improve on and make sure you are good at.

“They are the things we have been working on, the technical aspects, as well as the fitness work.”

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

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