Everton left-back Leighton Baines excited to work with Ronald Koeman

Everton left-back Leighton Baines

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Everton left-back Leighton Baines insists he and the entire squad are excited by the prospect of working with new manager Ronald Koeman.

The Dutchman was confirmed as the club’s new boss on Tuesday morning when he left Southampton to move to Merseyside and sign a three-year deal.

Koeman had been in talks with the club for several weeks as the Toffees tried everything to get their ideal replacement after sacking Roberto Martinez.

The former Feyenoord boss guided the Saints to seventh and sixth place during his time on the south coast and Baines admits the club’s squad wanted him in charge. Koeman was well-known for his ability from set-pieces when he was a player and Baines is hoping to pick his brains in the coming weeks.

The 53-year-old scored 23 goals from free-kicks for Barcelona during a six-year spell and Baines admits he could improve his game ahead of next season.

“You can sort of picture them now… he was certainly able to generate a lot of power!” Baines told evertontv. “I’m sure he will have a few pointers for us all.

“He instantly commands your respect on many levels.

The thing for us as players is the excitement of getting to work with him and enjoying the training sessions.

“Everyone speaks really highly of him, so it’s great for us as players to have someone like him to work with.”

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