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New boss Ronald Koeman hopes to emulate Everton's glory days

New Everton manager Ronald Koeman hopes to be able to emulate the glory days of the club's past now he is in charge at Goodison Park.

The lengthy wait for confirmation, after a compensation package of £5million was agreed with Southampton last week, finally ended soon after the Dutchman returned from a holiday which had held things up.

Koeman takes over from Roberto Martinez, who was sacked before the final match of the season after a second successive disappointing campaign.

However, the new boss is looking much further back for his inspiration.

"Everton's history is a big one and we will try to reach what they did in the past. That is difficult but everything is possible," he told evertontv.

"The ambition is always to give the fans the spirit that they can see the team is fighting for everything and try to play good football - that is basic to get good results.

"We want to give them a good feeling every week about the team. We are looking forward to the start of the season.

"It is a great feeling (to be Everton manager), it is amazing.

"When I had the first contact with the chairman (Bill Kenwright) and (majority shareholder) Farhad Moshiri about the interest from Everton I was interested to listen to what project they wanted for the coming seasons.

"I am very pleased to be part of that and that is really enjoyable."

Koeman, who has signed a three-year contract, is expected to bring with him from Southampton his brother and assistant manager Erwin and fitness coach Jan Kluitenberg.

He emerged as Everton's number one target to replace Martinez last month after the Toffees considered the credentials of former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini and Sevilla's Europa League-winning manager Unai Emery, who has since left the Spanish club.

Although his release from Southampton was secured over a week ago, the completion of the deal was held up by the fact the Dutchman was on holiday.

However, on his return the deal was quickly wrapped up.

"We are really pleased to have secured the man who was our number one target from the moment we set out to appoint a new manager," said chairman Kenwright.

"Ronald has such a strong track record in the game, instantly commanding respect for what he achieved as a player and for his qualities and accomplishments as a manager.

"The hopes and aspirations that we all have as Evertonians are with him, as is our total support at board, shareholder and fan level."

Southampton started their search for a replacement as soon as the compensation deal had been thrashed out with Everton.

The Saints confirmed on Tuesday they had accepted Koeman's resignation and were now targeting his successor.

"The search has already begun for the right appointment who can take the club to the next level and build on our track record of recent success, which culminated in a sixth-place finish in last season's Premier League, as well as qualification for the group stages of the Europa League," Southampton said in a statement.

"Our focus now is to build on our long-term plan, and work with a new management team who share both the club's and our supporters' values and ambitions."

Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand, speaking at an England press conference at their training camp in Chantilly, praised the impact Koeman had had on him.

"He helped me a lot personally," he said.

On the future for Saints, Bertrand added: "I'm sure the club is in good hands, we've done this once or twice before."


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