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7th Jul, 2016 | 6:00am

Released Everton midfielder makes bold prediction about Koeman

By Harvey Byrne

Leon Osman is convinced that Ronald Koeman will do a good job at Everton.

The Dutch manager decided against offering Osman a new contract at Goodison Park, with the 35-year-old now searching for a new club.

However, the attacking midfielder does not appear to hold any grudges against the former Southampton boss and expects him to impress on Merseyside.

“It’s a very good appointment,” said Osman to the Liverpool Echo. “If I was picking myself I’d want a guy with Premier League experience. He’s done a good job at Southampton, and he’d have been near the top of the list. Time will tell, but he looks like he has all the attributes to succeed.

“If this was his first job in management, you’d have the utmost respect for him due to his playing career. But he’s done well as a manager too.

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“The players will have a lot of respect for him, and, from what it looks like, it’ll be a good appointment.”

Koeman has been tasked with guiding Everton into Europe in his first season in charge, and that will require a big improvement from the 2015-16 season.

The Toffees finished in 11th place, with their poor performance costing former manager Roberto Martinez his job.

Since being released from Everton, Osman has been linked with a move to Championship side Leeds.

Despite being 35, the central midfielder still made nine Premier League appearances in the 2015-16 and 16 in all competitions. He scored one goal in the Capital One Cup against Norwich at the start of the season.

In other Everton news, Fenerbache have stepped up their efforts to sign Toffees target Juan Mata.