New Everton boss Ronald Koeman relishing manager duels

New Everton boss Ronald Koeman

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New Everton boss Ronald Koeman says he is relishing the prospect of leading the Toffees against some of the game’s best coaches next season.

After weeks of rumours, the Dutchman’s exit from Southampton was confirmed earlier this month and he has subsequently been charged with the task of trying to guide the Blue side of Merseyside out of the doldrums after a difficult few years under Roberto Martinez.

It looks set to be an intriguing campaign, with Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho arriving at Manchester City and Manchester United respectively, while much is expected of Jurgen Klopp’s first full year in charge of Liverpool.

All these managers will be looking to strengthen their squads in the coming weeks and the 2016-17 Premier League campaign could turn out to be as entertaining as the last one.

Koeman was one of the game’s most decorated defenders during his playing days, which involved a stint alongside Guardiola at Barcelona, and has made no secret of his desire to reach similar heights as a manager.

The 53-year-old admits he is relishing a fresh challenge and is looking forward to leading the Toffees into battle against some of the best coaches in the world.

He told the Liverpool Echo: “It’s nice to have those managers here because in the Premier League we try to have the best players and the best managers.

“Mourinho is back in the game with Manchester United and it’s nice to have maybe the best coach from Germany come over.
“It makes the Premier League more exciting for everybody – to be part of that is amazing.”

Everton open their campaign against Tottenham in a game they are 2.80 to win, with the draw 3.30 and Spurs are 2.38.

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