By Alex Taylor

Everton midfielder Darron Gibson has described Ronald Koeman as a “good appointment” and believes he is the right man to lead the Toffees back to Europe.

The former Manchester United midfielder has been with Everton since his move from Manchester in 2012 and has subsequently played in 51 league games for the club.

The 28-year-old was a fringe player in the recent domestic season and failed to register a single goal and managed only a solitary assist in all competitions.

The Republic of Ireland international, who was not picked for Euro 2016, has a chance to prove himself to Koeman after signing a new two-year deal earlier this month.

Gibson has given his full backing to the new manager.

“I’ve not spoken to the rest of the lads yet but, in my opinion, Ronald Koeman has done unbelievably well at Southampton,” the midfielder told Everton’s official monthly magazine.

“He has taken them into Europe and, as a club, that is where we are looking to be. So, for me, it is a good appointment and hopefully he can come in and do the same, if not a lot better given the standard of player we have got here.”

The midfielder knows all about the Champions League having scored twice in nine appearances for Manchester United in the competition.

Gibson has a haul of trophies from his time in football including; Premier League, League Cup and Club World Cup medals. 

In other Everton news: the Toffee’s are set to hand Romelu Lukaku a new contract worth £100,000-a-week