On May 12th 2016, Roberto Martinez was sacked from his job as first team manager at Everton FC. Roberto was one of the nicest guys you could ever meet but his time at the club was up. His first season was fanstastic but he followed it up with two poor 11th place finishes. Fortunately, Everton were not the poor lovable club of the early 2000’s. Everton had a real puch behind them in the form of Farhad Moshiri. The arrival of Ronald Koeman was Farhad’s main mission of the 2016 summer. So far this has proven to be Moshiri’s biggest success at the club so far.
Ronald Koeman has been an undoubted success at Everton in his first year at the club. He was not the first choice of many of the fans however when Martinez departed. The public’s picks for the job ranged from Unai Emery to Lucien Favre and Frank De Boer. Koeman was viewed as a third of fourth choice pick with Emery being the most talked about option. Today Emery finds himself in charge of the very reputable PSG but will most likely find himslef unemployed if he has a another season like the last. His PSG side were beaten 6-1 at the hands of Barcelona and lost the clinch of the Ligue 1 title for the first time in 5 years. Koeman was hired from fellow premier league team Southampton, a team who had finished above Everton for the last two years of Martinez’ reign. At the end of the season Koeman had doen well to get the Toffees to a comfortable 7th position despite a number of injuries to key players. These injuries included players like new signing Yannick Bolasie and Ireland captain Seamus Coleman. Koeman had fixed the two year old broken system of play Martinez instilled in the Everton players.
Koeman’s main addition to this team was his knowledge of defensive play. Koeman himself was one of the greatest defenders the football world has ever seen. In Roberto’s last two years at the club Everton went hand in hand with conceding late goals and giving away leads. This has improved dramatically under Koeman. Everton conceded 11 less goals this season than the season before while scoring 3 more. The other huge aspect of Koeman being Everton manager is the prestige his name carries in the game. As i said beforehand he is one of the best centre backs to ever play the beautiful game. Koeman played for Barcelona for many years and players do not take this with a grain of salt. Potential players know someone who has played at the top level can improve the play of that potential player. So, what does Koeman mean to this Everton team and Everton as a club. Koeman is the no nonsense figurehead that is leading the revival of one of England’s biggest clubs.