By Harvey Byrne
Phil Jagielka was in upbeat mood about the Everton revolution as he returned to the club’s Finch Farm base on Monday for pre-season training.
The long-serving defender has played under David Moyes and Roberto Martinez during his nine years at the club.
The 33-year-old Goodison Park club captain played in 29 encounters in the recently completed season, but was unable to help Everton during a disappointing year which ultimately saw Martinez depart from the club.
However, the England international believes that new manager Ronald Koeman is the right man to lead a recovery charge for the Toffees.
“He [Koeman] was obviously a fantastic player and he’s proven to be a fantastic coach. Hopefully he can put his ways forward to the team with his coaching staff and we can have a positive season,” the former Sheffield United centre back told evertontv.
“We are massively looking forward to getting to know the manager and his staff. We have all been in contact over the summer while we were waiting for the announement to be made. We’re now looking forward to coming back.”
During Koeman’s 17-year playing career he played in a defensive role and during his time at Southampton he worked with and improved centre-back’s Toby Alderweireld and Virgil Van Dijk.
His time at the south coast club saw the Saints boast an impressive defensive record and in the 2014-15 season they conceded just 33 goals in their 38 games, one more than champions Chelsea.
The Dutch manager has already begun to put his own stamp on the Merseyside club, adding goalkeepers Maaten Stekelenburg and Chris Renshaw and allowed the long serving Leon Osman and Tony Hibbert to leave.
In other Everton news, Ronald Koeman wants to bring Valencia goalkeeper Diego Alves to the Toffees.