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Ronald Koeman - Everton Manager : 2016 - present


Ronald Koeman arrived at Everton in June 2016, on a 3 year deal, to embark on the latest chapter of a career which has been shrouded in success wherever he has travelled.

As a player, Koeman was one of the standout performers of his generation during a glittering career in Holland and Spain for first Groningen - then into the big time with Ajax, PSV, Barcelona and finally Feyenoord.

After averaging a goal every three games in 90 matches for Groningen in the early 80s Koeman broke into the Dutch national team and was snapped up by Amsterdam giants Ajax, where he won the league and the KNVB Cup the year after.

A controversial move to Ajax’s bitter rivals PSV followed - intensified by the fact that the Eindhoven side had just wrenched the title from Ajax.

PSV won three more titles on the bounce and also racked up two KNVB Cups alongside their greatest triumph - the European Cup win over Benfica. Koeman slotted home the first spot-kick of a 6-5 penalties win.

That summer he helped Holland win the European Championships and was named in the team of the tournament.

After a decade in his home country, Koeman’s next move was to Barcelona where he again linked up with Johan Cruyff who he had worked under at Ajax.

Playing alongside big names like Romario, Pep Guardiola, Michael Laudrup, Hristo Stoitchkov and Guillermo Amor, Koeman won four consecutive La Liga titles in the early 90s.

Again, his greatest moment at Barca would come in the European Cup, when his sensational extra-time free-kick against Sampdoria won the 1992 final for his side.

He ended his career with two seasons captaining Feyenoord and helping them finish third and second as well as facing off against future employers Everton in the Cup Winners’ Cup.

Koeman’s individual playing stats make remarkable reading as well - the defender was a set piece specialist and managed an impressive 174 goals in 462 career games, with a further 14 in 78 Dutch appearances.

He had a ruthless side too - just ask former England manager Graham Taylor or ex-Blues defender Craig Short. Taylor thought the Dutchman should have been red-carded before his twice-taken free-kick ended Taylor’s England reign. Short saw red himself after reacting to a robust Koeman challenge in the aforementioned tie between the Blues and Feyenoord in which the Rotterdam outfit triumphed.

After a glittering playing career, Koeman turned his hand to coaching, first as assistant boss with Holland, then Barcelona.

He became a manager in his own right at Vitesse Arnhem in 2000, spending just under two years there, winning just under half his games and catching the eye of former employers Ajax.

Koeman’s spell at the Amsterdam Arena was trophy-laden as he delivered two league titles, the Dutch Cup and the Dutch Super Cup - working with players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wesley Sneijder and future Blues Steven Pienaar and John Heitinga.

After Ajax, Koeman headed for Portugal and Benfica, spending a year in Lisbon and winning the Portuguese Super Cup before heading back to his homeland to take charge of PSV - securing another Dutch title in his one-year stint in Eindhoven.

Next, Valencia beckoned, with the Mestalla outfit winning the Copa Del Rey under Koeman’s tenure.

After a short spell at AZ Alkmaar the Dutchman as appointed Feyenoord boss in July 2011, meaning he had now played for and managed the ‘big three’ Dutch clubs.

After three successive top three finishes he departed and moved to Southampton, guiding the Saints to seventh and then sixth place in the Premier League.

In his first season as Everton manager, he achieved 7th place in the Premier League, enough to secure a Europa place for the following season.

Source : EvertonFC


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