By Harvey Byrne
Stan Collymore believes that Ronald Koeman will be a success at Everton and may even be able to get the club into the Champions League.
The Dutch manager took over the Toffees in the summer after Roberto Martinez was sacked following a less than impressive Premier League campaign, which saw the club finish in 11th place.
The Goodison Park outfit were quick to tempt Koeman away from Premier League rivals Southampton, who has looked to return Everton into the top spots of England’s football pyramid.
He brought in five senior players in the summer window, all with Premier League experience, which includes big deals for attacker Yannick Bolasie and defensive pair Ashley Williams and Idrissa Gueye.
They now sit in sixth place from their first nine fixtures and Collymore believes Koeman will make Everton a regular in the top flight’s top six, stating that they might even get into the Champions League.
“If I was an Everton fan I’d be more than happy because when I look at Koeman it’s as if he’s saying to them: ‘Don’t worry guys, I’ve got this,'” wrote Collymore in his column for the Mirror.
“Koeman hasn’t come in with bells and whistles trying to reinvent the wheel. Roberto Martinez was what I’d term a banger – you lit him in his first season, he went bang but then fizzled out.
“Koeman’s management career hasn’t been Mourinho or Guardiola-spectacular. He’s more of a slow-burn.
“But I’m convinced he’ll get it right at Goodison and go on to make them regular top five/six finishers with maybe a Champions League spot thrown in.”
Everton were in touching distance of competing in the Champions League in 2005, but they lost 4-2 on aggregate against La Liga side Villarreal in the third qualifying round.
However, right now they will have their eyes turned to their clash against West Ham, who are travelling to face the Toffees on Sunday afternoon at Goodison Park.
Koeman’s men will be looking to turn around their recent bad form having suffered three losses and two draws in their last five encounters as they face a Hammers side now in form following a slow start.
The east London club have won their last three encounters, which includes a vital 2-1 victory over Chelsea in the EFL Cup in midweek.
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