It’s official. Ronald Koeman is the new Everton manager. After weeks of speculation the announcement was made on Tuesday morning with the Dutchman signing a three-year contract.
So what can Evertonians expect next season? We’ve looked at the betting markets to see what the bookmakers think
Koeman arrives at Goodison Park after leading Southampton to 8th and 7th place finishes in his two seasons with the south coast club.
In his 76 Premier League matches in charge he won 36, drawing 15 and losing 25 giving him a 47% win ratio. He also picked up three Manager of the Month awards whilst in charge at St Marys.
So can he improve on that with Everton and lead them to a Top 4 finish? Prices vary from as short as 9-1 to as big as 12-1 with the majority of bookmakers.
Koeman lead both Ajax and PSV to the Eredivisie title during his time in his native Holland and bookmakers have Everton as short as 80/1 in places and as big as 150/1 with other others (remember Leicester City were 5000-1 at the start of last season!)
A Copa del Rey winner at Valencia, Koeman also lead Ajax to the KNVB Cup in the 2001-2002 season to go with the ten cups he won during his stellar playing career.
Everton were knocked out of this year’s FA Cup at the semi-final stage to a last minute Anthony Martial winner at Wembley and bookmakers make them a best-priced 33-1 shot to make up for that heartbreak with others going as short as 20-1.
Everton have never won the League Cup in their history and again suffered semi-final heartbreak last season this time to the blue half of Manchester. Bookmakers rate them a 25-1 shot for success in 2016-17 with some firms as short as 20-1
Everton finished the season in shocking form as Roberto Martinez looked to have lost the dressing room and the fans. Koeman’s appointment will surely lead to an upturn in form but if this wasn’t to happen, bookmakers rate the Toffees a 33-1 shot to be relegated (as short as 16-1 with some firms).