Koeman: This is the man who inspired me to join Everton
By Aramide Oladipo
Everton boss Ronald Koeman reveals that he was talking to his idol Johan Cruyff about the club before becoming the manager.
Everton sacked Spanish manager Roberto Martinez at the end of the 2015/16 season and the Dutchman was confirmed as the new man in charge in June.
The Dutch manager spent two seasons managing Southampton and enjoyed two top-half finishes with the Saints.
Following a poor campaign where the Toffees finished in 11th place, Koeman has come in and produced an encouraging debut season as Everton are currently 7th in the table with two matches remaining. European football is already confirmed for next season.
Whilst attending the opening of the Cruyff Court at Everton, as quoted in the Liverpool Echo, Koeman recently admitted that he had discussed the Merseyside club with Dutch legend Johan Cruyff before agreeing a deal.
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“Still sometimes when I need to make decisions I go back and ask myself what he would do in that time or what kind of decision he would make, because he was a really big inspiration,” Koeman said.
“I spoke over one year ago about Everton with him, before I signed for Everton and we spoke about the club because he knew the club was really involved in the community,” he admitted.
Johan Cruyff was the Barcelona manager for eight years and he led the Catalan side to four La Liga titles, a Copa del Rey trophy and most importantly, he secured Barcelona their first ever European Cup.
Koeman spent six years at Barcelona with Cruyff as his manager throughout his entire career in Spain.
Johan Cruyff passed away last year following a long battle with illness and it was confirmed that Barcelona will commemorate the Dutch great by placing a statue of him outside the Camp Nou stadium.
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