Ronald Koeman emerges as number one choice to become next manager of Everton Football Club
Roberto Martinez didn’t last the season as Everton manager, with the Spaniard being given his P45 after a set of poor performances and results that have left the Toffees slumped in a heap.
Everton are now setting about finding a new manager and it appears that a Dutchman could be arriving to inherit the Goodison Park hot seat, with Frank de Boer the current favourite to land the role.
De Boer has recently left Ajax and it’s clear from his agent that he would be interested in managing Everton, although his managerial experience is modest considering he’s simply had six years with the Amsterdam club and an assistant manager role with the Netherlands for a couple of years.
Indeed, Ronald Koeman could be a better bet at 11/4 with Coral, with the Southampton manager having punched significantly above his weight at St Mary’s for the past couple of seasons.
Koeman has his Saints team playing attacking football and his recruitment at St Mary’s has largely been excellent, with Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle among those players who have shone on the south coast.
Indeed, it’s hard to see who else might take charge, with David Moyes unlikely to return to the Merseyside club after a couple of failed expeditions at Old Trafford and Real Sociedad.
Martinez now looks for the next managerial opportunity and has been linked to the prospect of becoming the next Aston Villa boss.
When recently asked if his Everton players had “downed tools”, he replied: “Not at all. Rom is still only 22 and young players go through new phases. It’s the first time he’s played 47 games in a season and you have to cope with the mental fatigue of preparing from game to game. I understand no one should be happy at not winning games. I’m the first one to set high standards and high expectations, and I don’t expect anyone to be happy when we don’t win. That’s why the focus goes into Sunderland. We want to finish strong.
“We put a lot of effort into the cup competitions and that is going to affect you a little bit in the league. That happens. It happened last year when we were in the Europa League. This season, since the quarter-final against Chelsea, we have not been ourselves in the league. We have not been at our level. That is not down to one or two individuals. It is the reality of how the season has panned out. The second half against Manchester United, we played our hearts out. That’s how close we were to getting that little bit of success you need to make the next step.”