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Ronald Koeman confirmed as new Everton manager on a three-year deal

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Sky Sports News HQ's Vinny O'Connor explains the finer points of the deal that has taken Ronald Koeman to Everton on a three-year deal

Everton have confirmed the appointment of Ronald Koeman as their new manager on a three-year deal.

Koeman, who had one year left on his contract at Southampton, replaces Roberto Martinez who was sacked last month.

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Sky sources understand Everton have paid Saints around £5m compensation for the services of the former Netherlands international defender.

The agreement will also see his brother and assistant manager Erwin plus fitness coach Jan Kluitenberg join Koeman at Goodison Park. 

Ronald Koeman poses for a photograph after becoming the manager of Everton Football Club on June 14, 2016
Image: Southampton will be paid £5m in compensation by Everton for Ronald Koeman, according to Sky sources

Martinez, who had three years remaining on his contract, led Everton to the semi-finals of the FA Cup and Capital One Cup this season, but their poor league form - they finished 11th in the Premier League - ultimately proved his undoing and he left after nearly three years at the club. 

The appointment ends the Dutchman's hugely successful two-year spell on the south coast, where he twice broke Southampton's Premier League points record.

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They finished sixth last season, taking Saints into the Europa League. 

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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.

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Ronald Koeman wants to bring the feel-good factor back to Goodison Park after being confirmed as Everton's new manager. Video courtesy of Everton TV

"The hopes and aspirations that we all have as Evertonians are with him, as is our total support at Board, shareholder and fan level."

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.

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - MAY 11: Roberto Martinez, manager of Everton looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Everton at the
Image: Roberto Martinez was sacked after a disappointing Premier League season

"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."

Ronald Koeman poses for a photograph after becoming the manager of Everton Football Club on June 14, 2016
Image: Koeman's old club Southampton have begun the search for a new manager

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.

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