By Amir Mir
Ronald Koeman paid tribute to supporters after his managerial debut for Everton ended in a 1-1 draw at home to Tottenham.
England attacking midfielder Ross Barkley was the first goalscorer under the Dutchman’s reign, but a second-half Erik Lamela header ensured the points were shared.
Despite his Everton side letting slip a first-half lead, Koeman was quietly pleased about his team’s opening-day performance.
“Satisfied with a point today!” Koeman wrote on his personal Twitter account. “Good first half and a great atmosphere in the stadium. Thanks to the fans!”
Here is Koeman giving his views on his personal Twitter account after his first game.
Koeman joined Everton from Southampton earlier on in the summer after guiding his former side to consecutive top eight finishes, including the club qualifying for the Europa League for the first-time in their history last season.
This led to his appointment at Goodison as his new high-pressing game impressed supporters, with new £7.1 million signing Idrissa Gueye being named man-of-the-match against Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
The 53-year-old will now travel to the Hawthorns next Saturday, with Romelu Lukaku, Seamus Coleman and new £9 million signing Ashley Williams all hoping to feature after missing the Spurs clash due to injury or match fitness issues.
In other Everton team news, manager Ronald Koeman has revealed the club are close to sealing the signing of three new players.