Sunday 18 February 2018

Ronald Koeman strongly backed to take over at Everton

Ronald Koeman
Ronald Koeman
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

The odds on Southampton manager Ronald Koeman taking over as Everton boss have been slashed following a flurry of bets on the Dutchman taking the top job at Goodison Park.

Koeman has been strongly linked with the Everton vacancy since Roberto Martinez was sacked last month, with the Dutchman who has guided Southampton to back-to-back qualification for the Europa League believed to be a strong favourite to land the role.

Recently departed Ajax manager Frank De Boer has also been linked with the Everton post, which will come with the potential of a huge transfer kitty following the arrival of new investor Farhad Moshiri at Goodison Park earlier this year.

Yet De Boer is not believed to be favoured by Goodison Park chiefs, with the links to Koeman continuing to gather momentum in recent days.

However, Southampton remain confident of hanging on to former Benfica, PSV Eindhoven and Valencia boss Koeman, who has succeeded in making the transition from a hugely successful playing career to establish himself as a top coach.

Koeman was a star of the Barcelona team that lifted the Catalan club’s first Champions League title back in 1992, with his winning goal in the final at Wembley earning him a place in their folklore.

He has been linked with a move to take over at Barcelona in recent months, as well as being identified as a contender to become the next manager of the Dutch national team.

Yet the 53-year-old has expressed a desire to remain in club management and may feel he has taken Southampton as far as he can.

Everton have yet to make any comment on the increased speculation over their move for Koeman, with the man emerging as their chief target insisting last month that he was in no rush to leave his current position on the south coast of England.

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