Koe­man dumps Saints

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

LIVER­POOL — Dutch­man Ron­ald Koe­man be­came the new man­ager of English Pre­mier League club Ever­ton on Tues­day af­ter his pre­vi­ous club Southamp­ton re­luc­tantly agreed to re­lease him a year early from his con­tract.

The 53-year-old — who guided Southamp­ton to their high­est fin­ish in the Pre­mier League of sixth last term and a place in the Europa League — signed a three-year con­tract with Ever­ton and re­places Roberto Martinez, who was sacked just be­fore the end of the Pre­mier League cam­paign.

Koe­man — who had said ear­lier this year he would see out the last year of his three-year con­tract with the Saints — has been lured to Ever­ton by the prom­ise by the club’s ma­jor share­holder, Ira­nian bil­lion­aire Farhad Moshiri, of more than £100 mil­lion for new sign­ings.

Koe­man, who has pre­vi­ously coached the big Dutch league trio of PSV, Feyeno­ord and Ajax, said it was a proud mo­ment for him to take over the reins de­spite their dis­ap­point­ing Pre­mier League cam­paign which saw them fin­ish 11th.

“I am very ex­cited to be Ever­ton man­ager,” said Koe­man, who was part of the out­stand­ing Dutch side that won the Euro 1988 ti­tle.

“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 (Bill Ken­wright) and Farhad Moshiri.

“I am look­ing for­ward to meet­ing ev­ery­one at the club and to pre­par­ing for a big sea­son in the Pre­mier League.” — BBC

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