By Philips Sunday

England, (AN24) – Former Southampton manager, Ronald Koeman has been appointed as the new manager of Everton football club on a three year deal.

Mr. Koeman will replace Roberto Martinez  who was sacked just before the end of the 2015-16 season.

A statement from Saints read: “Southampton Football Club can today confirm it has accepted the resignation of First Team Manager Ronald Koeman, and completed negotiations with Everton over his move to Goodison Park.

“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.

“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”. The statement added.

Reacting to the appointment of Mr. Koeman, Everton chairman Bill Kenwright said: “We are really pleased to have secured the man who was our No 1 target from the moment we set out to appoint a new manager.

“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”. Kenwright added.

Speaking after his appointment, Koeman said, “I am very excited to be Everton manager. I believe in the club, in the team, in the fans and in our ability to achieve things in the future.

“Everton is a club with a great history and real ambition and it is a proud feeling for me to be part of what we want to go and do, together with the chairman and Farhad Moshiri.

“I am looking forward to meeting everyone at the club and to preparing for a big season in the Premier League.” He added.

Meanwhile, the Toffees will pay about £5m compensation for the 53-year-old, who leaves Premier League rivals Southampton after two years in charge.