By Alex Stevens

Ronald Koeman will be “ruthless” with any Everton player who fails to deliver and look to replace him.

That is the stark warning delivered by majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri as he ran the rule over the Dutch manager, who was prised from Southampton during the summer.

Koeman has had a solid start at Goodison Park, steering Everton to seventh in the Premier League despite the 5-0 thrashing at Chelsea on Saturday.

Moshiri revealed that the Everton board have a hands-off approach to running the team and that all their faith is placed in the hands of the manager.

“For our club to complete in the north west of England, we needed a star to stand on the touchline, so we got Koeman,” Moshiri told the Jim White Show on talkSPORT on Monday morning. “He is ruthless. If a player is not up to it, he uses another player or buys one.

“He is not sentimental. Koeman is Koeman, he does what he wants. The job of an owner is to hire or fire the manager. The rest is up to him.

“He has the personality, the aura and the ability to be trusted. He achieved seventh and eighth at Southampton.

“He is everything I wanted, disciplined, experienced, top coach.”

Billionaire Moshiri bought a majority stake in Everton earlier this year after previously having a minority stake in Arsenal.

Moshiri was speaking after Everton’s 5-0 thrashing at Chelsea on Saturday.

It was an evening to forget for the Merseysiders as they failed to contain Chelsea even though Koeman rejigged his formation and deployed a three-man defence in a bid to counteract the home side’s 3-4-3 formation.

In other Everton news, Moshiri named the seven players Koeman tried to sign during the summer transfer window.