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  1. Wesley Sneijder has announced his retirement from international football after 15 years playing for the Netherlands. New Oranje manager Ronald Koeman travelled to Qatar to visit Sneijder, who now plays club football for Al Gharafa, to discuss his international future. Following their discussions, Sneijder is quoted by Sky Sports as saying: "When I left, I knew, of course, the influence that this move to Qatar could have on my career as an international. "In addition, I understand that Koeman wants to make a new beginning with other, younger players. We were very open and that was a very pleasant conversation. I respect his choice." Koeman, who was appointed as manager of the national side last month, said: "Wesley is one of the best Dutch footballers from the past few years. A great player with a great look. "But I want to be selecting and building a new Oranje and must therefore make choices." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  2. Former Everton manager Ronald Koeman has been appointed as head coach of the Netherlands national team on a four-and-a-half-year contract. The 54-year-old, who has been out of work since being sacked by the Toffees in October, will take charge for the first time for the Oranje friendlty against England on 23 March. The Dutch football federation - the KNVB - announced on its website that Koeman has signed a contract that runs through to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Koeman, who has also managed Southampton, replaces Dick Advocaat at the helm, who resigned after failing to guide the Netherlands to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The KNVB have also appointed Nico-Jan Hoogma, who was general manager at Eredivisie side Heracles Almelo, as director of football. Holland have endured a topsy-turvy decade, finishing second in the 2010 World Cup and third in the 2014 edition, but failing to get a single point in their group stage at Euro 2016 and failing to qualify for Euro 2016 and WC2018. Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  3. Ronald Koeman has revealed that he turned down offers to return to the Premier League to deal with his "disappointment" after his sacking by Everton. The Dutchman was dismissed by the Toffees on October 23 after 16 months in charge, with David Unsworth replacing him temporarily and Sam Allardyce taking the reins permanently. "When the results are below all expectations, you know as a manager that people can make decisions about you," Koeman told the Sunday Mirror. "And yet, it still hit me like a bolt out the blue. "I had started something at Everton and I really wanted to finish it in a good way. This is why my disappointment is bigger than ever before. I have to be realistic and I am not moaning about it." The 54-year-old, who had been linked with Leicester City, West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United, added: "I need to put those feelings of disappointment away first. "This is the reason why I've not taken any of the offers - the offers were there immediately after leaving Everton. I had a few offers from the Premier League and a few more elsewhere in Europe." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  4. Everton have confirmed the appointment of Sam Allardyce as the club's new manager on a one-and-a-half-year deal. The 63-year-old has succeeded Ronald Koeman, who was sacked more than five weeks ago, and returns to management six months after leaving Crystal Palace. He will take over from caretaker manager David Unsworth, who will stay on the staff at the club, for Everton’s home game against Huddersfield Town on Saturday. “The attraction of the club itself, the people I’ve known at the club – Peter Reid is one of my best mates, so are Andy Gray and Paul Bracewell whom I worked with at Sunderland – these people have always made me aware of just how special and unique a club Everton is and I feel really enthused and energised to come in as manager,” Allardyce said. “I’ve always thought Everton was a great club. It is a great club. Obviously, the club has gone through a difficult spell and hopefully I can put that behind us as quickly as possible and start looking upwards again. Because, ultimately, it’s the ambition of the club, the ambition of the owner and the board, allied to the fact that it’s Everton and all the fantastic history, which have proved to be key for me. “Ambition is important for any manager or coach, owner or director. It’s what you need to have and hopefully we can deliver to the fans to get this club high up the league. That’s what we’re aiming for. “I think that whatever’s happened before we’ve just got to all rally around together. Because we are all in it together and let’s all pull in the same direction. Let’s try to get a healthy spirit around the club. That’s difficult when you’re losing but the win last night over West Ham and the magnificent atmosphere around Goodison, which was just brilliant, well that’s lifted everybody around the club. “The fans are the most important people at any football club, of course, and we have to give the players every possibility to play to their best, really give them no excuses for not playing to their best and get them right back up to the top level we believe they’re capable of. “Last season showed what the club is trying to build and we need to demonstrate that level of ambition and assuredness again. We can. It’s a question now of putting in the work to do that and I’m really enthused by the prospect.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  5. Everton caretaker boss David Unsworth has urged the club to make a decision on the manager's position after the 4-1 defeat to Southampton on Sunday. The Toffees' defeat at St Mary's, the second rout of the week after the 5-1 humbling by Atalanta in the Europa League on Thursday, left them 16th in the Premier League table, two points above the relegation spots. Everton have been without a permanent manager since the sacking of Ronald Koeman five weeks ago, and Unsworth believes the time has come for a decision to be made. "I think it's got to a situation now where if any of the players are looking at the situation now and making excuses, then it has to be solved," he told Sky Sports. "If it's going to be me, then fine and if it's not, let's get somebody in as quickly as possible. We need that to happen fairly quickly. I will back the board whatever they decide to do and what is best for the football club is what I want. "I can't stand here and defend the players today. It was a totally unacceptable performance, especially in the second half, and the Everton fans are quite rightly going to be furious with that but so am I. It's not good enough for our football club. "The players have to take responsibility and it's really important that the senior players take the responsibility. We're in a fight and the only way you get out of it is to stand up and be counted. You don't shirk your responsibilities, you have to stand proud and you have to be together and there's not enough of that at the moment. "I'll stand here and take my responsibility, that's absolutely not a problem, but the players have got to come with the club as well and if they aren't ready to do that, we'll get players in who do." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  6. Everton caretaker boss David Unsworth has stressed "nothing has changed" regarding the permanent manager's position and says it is an "honour and privilege" to still be in charge of the Toffees. Unsworth took over the Merseyside club on a temporary basis last month following the sacking of Ronald Koeman. The 44-year-old, who enjoyed his first win against Watford before the international break, has confirmed no time frame has been put on the caretaker role, while he remains "thrilled" to still be in the job. "I'm thrilled, it's a great honour. I said that right at the beginning," Unsworth told Sky Sports. "No matter how long I'm here for I'll give my best. It's a privilege and a great opportunity. "There was never any amount of games or time said to me from the beginning, so to be still sat here is a great opportunity and we're fully focused and nothing's changed. "I've spoken to the chairman every day since I've been sat in this role. The chairman's been magnificent. I've spoken to Fahad three or four times, communication is fine and I continue to have the opportunity to lead the team. "Like I said at the beginning, what will be will be and other people will make the decision on who's going to be the Everton manager, and I'll be absolutely fine with that. "The people that matter know how I feel and my thoughts will remain private - whoever gets the honour of being Everton manager, be it myself wonderful, but if not I'll shake the hand of whoever it is and wish them the best because I want them to win and succeed." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  7. David Moyes has admitted that he would accept the vacant managerial job at Everton if offered the role. The Toffees have been without a permanent manager since sacking Ronald Koeman last month and caretaker boss David Unsworth is yet to pick up a victory since taking over from the Dutchman. Moyes enjoyed 11 successful years in charge of Everton - currently second from bottom in the table - before leaving to join Manchester United ahead of the 2013-14 season. "Of course it would have to be yes, but I've got other things ongoing and it might not be too long before I'm back in work," Moyes told beIN SPORTS. "If the job came up I would be interested, but I've got other interests as well. "Bill [Kenwright] is one of the best chairmen so anyone who does get the job will be working with a really good chairman who's incredibly supportive. "I had 11 great years there - I loved it. Sometimes going back isn't always the answer but Jose Mourinho went back to Chelsea and won the league, and now Jupp Heynckes is back at Bayern Munich. "I'm a better coach and better all-round manager. I think in football you have to go through difficulties." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  8. Joe Jones

    Sam Allardyce open to Everton job

    Sam Allardyce has revealed that he would consider the vacant Everton manager's job, insisting he would take them "back to basics". Last week, the Toffees sacked Ronald Koeman after a poor start to the campaign, while interim boss David Unsworth has lost both of his games in charge. Despite Allardyce indicating that he had lost interest in football management when leaving Crystal Palace in May, he has now suggested that he is willing to get Everton out of relegation trouble. The 63-year-old told beIN SPORTS: "Who knows? I'd have to consider that, if that phone call happens. There's no point in speculating at the moment, David Unsworth is in the chair. "Joe (Royle) sat upstairs will have an opinion but at the moment it looks like it's really going to be tough for Everton to get out of that position. "It's not that the lads are not trying but as a team collectively they can't get a clean sheet and as a team in possession they can't score a goal. "Those are the two problems and if you resolve one you'll end up resolving the other and that starts with the clean sheets. "I've been in this position a number of times in the last three clubs I've had. I'd just put the team back to basics and show them what exactly what it takes to get out of this position. "Sometimes it's not entertaining, particularly away from home, but it's about commitment, getting a result and how do you do it? "You look at the strengths and weaknesses of the side and promote the strengths, build the confidence, but stick to a basic game where you make fewer mistakes than the opposition, try and get the clean sheet and go from there." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  9. Rafael Benitez insists that he is "happy" at Newcastle United and is not concerned with speculation linking him to Everton. Speculation has been rife about who will replace Ronald Koeman at Goodison Park after he was sacked on Monday with the Toffees in the Premier League relegation zone. Benitez managed Everton's bitter rivals Liverpool for six years, and his family still live in the area. The Spaniard was also vocal in his unhappiness at Newcastle's lack of transfer activity in the summer. Speaking ahead of Newcastle's trip to Burnley on Monday night, however, the Spaniard told reporters: "I read in the press and heard people talking, but I am happy here. "I am concentrating on this, I don't like to talk about rumours. "The reality, obviously, is that my family is in Liverpool, but my past was Liverpool [Football Club]. Everton is a great club. "I'm not saying I'm interested, I'm saying I'm happy here and want to concentrate on Newcastle and try to do my best here." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  10. Everton caretaker manager David Unsworth has admitted that he wants the job on a full-time basis. Unsworth is in interim charge after Ronald Koeman was dismissed on Monday. The Dutchman's final match was a 5-2 home defeat by Arsenal which sent the Toffees into the Premier League's bottom three and made it just two wins in 13 matches. Everton Under-23 boss Unsworth has been placed in temporary charge of the senior side and will lead them in their League Cup tie at Chelsea on Wednesday. In his first press conference on Tuesday, Unsworth told Sky Sports: "I'll repeat myself from the last time I sat here 18 months ago (when Roberto Martinez was dismissed), who wouldn't want this job? "The chairman has given me an opportunity to hopefully get a run of games where hopefully performance levels go up. "From that, performances will dictate any future for me as Everton manager. I want to manage and this is an amazing club to be manager of." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  11. Joe Jones

    Ronald Koeman sacked by Everton

    Everton have announced the sacking of manager Ronald Koeman following Sunday's 5-2 defeat at the hands of Arsenal. The Toffees have endured a poor start to the season both domestically and in Europe, with yesterday's defeat at Goodison Park leaving them in the relegation zone despite heavy investment during the summer. Everton spent almost £150m to bring in the likes of Wayne Rooney, Michael Keane, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaassen and Sandro Ramirez as they looked to breach the gap to the top six in the Premier League. However, Koeman leaves having picked up just two Premier League victories all season, and just one point from their three Europa League group games so far this term. "Everton Football Club can confirm that Ronald Koeman has left the club," read a statement on Twitter. "Chairman Bill Kenwright, the board of directors and major shareholders Farhad Moshiri would all like to express their gratitude to Ronald for the service he has given to the club over the past 16 months and for guiding the club to seventh place in last season's Premier League campaign." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  12. Ronald Koeman has urged for calm after Everton dropped into the Premier League relegation zone with a 5-2 loss at home to Arsenal. The Toffees suffered their fifth top-flight defeat this season despite taking the lead against Arsene Wenger's side through Wayne Rooney in the first half. "We played against the top five from last season but this is not the position on the table that is good for Everton and I understand [that]," Koeman told Sky Sports. "I've been managing a long time and don't tell me what can happen. I don't think it's too late. "It's not a time to start to be crazy I'm responsible for the team. We lost 5-2 today, it's a big result even against teams like Arsenal. We will see what will happen. "I told the players I believe in them, in their commitment … The decision is not in my hands. "Of course, the final result is really very disappointing. At 2-1 we stayed in the game. OK, I need to say Arsenal was the better team, had the better chances, but at 2-1 you can get a point. "After the sending off of Gana it was really difficult. It brought more space to Arsenal and then honestly they have the qualities to break you down and that happened and that's disappointing. "I think we had a good start in the game. We fought for everything in the first half but sometimes it's impossible to stop everything, [Jordan] Pickford stopped a lot of balls in the first half but that's football. "They have such high-quality players and it's difficult. After the sending off it's more difficult to stay in the game." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  13. Ronald Koeman has claimed that he still has the full backing of the club's board and is confident that his summer recruits will click and help the club come good. Expectations were high at Goodison Park after their summer spending of almost £150m, but they find themselves two points above the relegation zone eight games into the Premier League season. Koeman experienced further misery when the Toffees lost 2-1 to Lyon on Thursday night, leaving their hopes of progression in the Europa League looking dire. Asked about the support he has received behind the scenes, the Dutchman told reporters: "That's not changed. Of course we have daily and weekly contact, I know everybody is a little bit worried about the situation but that's normal. "It's not time to stop and talk about reasons why [we've underperformed]. We need to take the situation how it is now and prepare the team for Sunday [against Arsenal]. "The position we are in the league is not the position Everton needs to stay and that's what we need to change. "I still believe in the players and the signings we did in the summer because maybe everybody can have some doubts about several of the signings. The future will show that the signings we made were in fact good signings." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  14. Joe Jones

    Ronald Koeman: 'Maybe I am in crisis'

    Everton manager Ronald Koeman has admitted that he is "maybe in crisis" following the club's poor start to the season. The Toffees have won just two Premier League games this season and are 16th in the table with eight points from eight games following their 1-1 draw at Brighton on Sunday. They needed a late Wayne Rooney penalty to salvage a draw from that game and things are no better in European competition, with the team bottom of Group E in the Europa League after losing 3-0 to group leaders Atalanta and drawing 2-2 with Apollon Limassol. When asked by Sky Sports if he agreed with recently-departed Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare that "every manager is only ever four games away from a crisis", Koeman said: "Maybe I am in the crisis. "Everyone knows the manager's job is a really difficult job because things change really fast. "Obviously we're disappointed not to go out and win games for the fans. For one reason or another it's not happened but all we can do is keep working hard and we're desperate to get it right. "If we can control games like we did against Brighton then we'll give ourselves more chance to get it right. "(Owner Farhad Moshiri) was here with Bill Kenwright and more people from the board because they hadn't seen the new building. "You speak about football of course. There wasn't really a message. They are behind the team and the manager. In football that's a nice thing but in football it's all about results. Until now it's total support from the board, yes." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  15. Oumar Niasse has insisted that he bears no grudge against Everton manager Ronald Koeman for having frozen him out of the team for a year. On the back of one 45-minute performance in a pre-season friendly last year, Koeman decided the Senegal striker, a £13.5m January signing by predecessor Roberto Martinez, was not good enough. Niasse was told he had no future under the Dutchman, stripped of a squad number, banished to the under-23s and even refused a locker, although Koeman disputes this final report. In January Niasse moved to Hull on loan and scored five times in 19 appearances, but despite this he was minutes away from being offloaded to Crystal Palace on deadline day before the deal fell through. With Koeman unable to sign the striker he wanted to replace the goals of Romelu Lukaku, he has given Niasse another go, and indeed, the 27-year-old's brace in the 2-1 win over Bournemouth eased a lot of the pressure growing on his manager. "It was a difficult time for me but I wouldn't say anything against anyone here or against the team," Niasse told Sky Sports News. "He [Koeman] just said this was a new opportunity for me. I didn't want to go over the past with him. There is nothing to say about that. "He said [last year] I wasn't ready and maybe I wasn't ready. I went away, I learned and I have come back stronger. "Even if I wasn't on the pitch for every game or was with the U23s I was running on the pitch like a dog. "I tried just to keep my head on me, to not lose it, and the best way to do that is to just keep working hard. "I signed for Everton for four years and I knew Everton were still my team when the loan finished and I had to come back. "You have to have a strong mentality. I know where I am from and where I want to go. "It is not a case of something bad happening and so I give up. I kept saying to myself, 'anything can happen'. "It was a hard time with the U23s, seeing my team-mates enjoying the games here without me. I was with the U23s instead, travelling and playing at empty stadiums, but that's life." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  16. Ronald Koeman admits he is "worried" after seeing his Everton side get hammered by Atalanta in their Europa League opener on Thursday night. The Toffees were second best throughout at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia, conceding three times in the first half and only mustering two shots on target throughout the whole game. Everton have now failed to win any of their last five matches in all competitions since August 17, while also failing to find the net in the last three. "I'm worried after what I saw yesterday," Koeman told reporters. "I wasn't worried after Chelsea (a 2-0 defeat). The reaction should have started in the second half against Tottenham [last weekend]. But that and the first half against Atalanta is enough reason to be worried. "We had a bad run for a time last season, and I have confidence we can get out of it. We have one point less from last season from the same games vs. Chelsea, Man City and Tottenham. "But yesterday was a wake-up call. After this press conference I'll have a meeting with the key players. It's time for the experienced players to stand up." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  17. Everton have announced the signing of Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea City for a club record fee believed to be £45m. The Iceland international has signed a five-year deal with the Toffees, becoming their eighth summer signing. "Hopefully I will continue to create goals and score goals for the team and contribute to the kind of success we're seeking at the club," he told Everton TV. "This is an ambitious club and it is clear we are moving in a really good direction. The most important thing is that this team keeps winning games and climbing the table - and does that throughout the season. "For myself, I would like to score as many goals as possible and create as many goals for my teammates as I can. These are my targets. But it is always the same thing: as long as the team is winning I will be more than happy." Ronald Koeman added: "In my opinion, in his position he is one of the best in the Premier League. We have the player here and that's really good for the team. "From the beginning, he was one of the key players we wanted to bring to Everton. That's because of his quality, first and foremost, and his experience in the Premier League. "We need more productivity. We don't sign one player who will score 25 goals but we need several players around our striker to get that number. He is one of those productive players which he has shown at Swansea and also in the past." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  18. Joe Jones

    Ronald Koeman: 'Everton need to improve'

    Everton manager Ronald Koeman has admitted that his side needs to improve after beating MFK Ruzomberok to book their place in the Europa League playoffs. The Toffees sealed a 2-0 aggregate win over their Slovakian opponents after substitute Dominic Calvert-Lewin's late strike added to Leighton Baines's deflected effort in the first round. "I'm really happy to progress with two wins and two clean sheets. But we know we can and need to improve in our ball possession," he said. "We need to create more than we did. It was a physical game and 90 minutes that the players needed. We are through to the next round and I'm really happy. "Maybe Dominic feels a bit more comfortable as one of two strikers. He's strong, he's fast and he scored a great goal. "This competition has always been important for me. I like to be in Europe - it's important for our experience. It's good for the club, the players and the fans. "It's not easy to reach the group stages but we will do everything to get there." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  19. Everton manager Ronald Koeman has confirmed that midfielder Ross Barkley has no future at the club. The 23-year-old has one year remaining on his current deal at Goodison Park and was given an ultimatum last season that he must commit his future to the club this summer or be sold. When Koeman was asked by reporters whether he expected Barkley to depart the club, he replied: “Yes, 100 percent. "His personal situation is not so difficult. We made a really good offer to sign a new contract, he declined that contract and told me he's looking for a new challenge. "It's his decision. I need to respect that and we'll see what happens, because I heard from the board that there's not really an offer on the table for Ross." Barkley has been linked with the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal this summer, although Everton have so far refused to budge from their £50m asking price. Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  20. The biggest football story of the weekend revolves around the return of former Everton prodigy Wayne Rooney back to Goodison Park from Manchester United. The Red Devils' all-time leading scorer completed a move back to his boyhood club this afternoon following a trophy-laden 13-year stay at Old Trafford, signing a two-year deal. Here is what Rooney has had to say about his move, along with the thoughts of Man United manager Jose Mourinho, Everton boss Ronald Koeman and Red Devils vice-chairman Ed Woodward. Wayne Rooney "As I've said for the last few years, if I left Manchester United, there's only Everton and Manchester United I'd play for - I wouldn't play for another Premier League team. I was true to that and I firmly meant that. I didn't want to play for another club in England other than Everton. "Once I knew Everton were interested and wanted to sign me, I made my agent aware, 'Go and speak to them, let's make it happen. That's where I want to go'. Ronald Koeman was very influential in me coming here. When it was obvious I was going to be leaving Manchester United this summer, Ronald came out a few times and said how much he wanted me at the club and that had a huge impact on me. "There were other options there but once I knew that Everton wanted me to come back then it was the only option for me. Bill [Kenwright] obviously played a big role in it but the important one was Ronald Koeman. He was the one who picks the team and he's the one who has his ideas on the football pitch. "There were a lot more things behind the scenes which needed to happen but, for me, the important person to speak to was Ronald Koeman. As I spoke to Ronald and saw it in his eyes that he wanted me to be part of his team, it was a no-brainer for me and the only place I was going to go. "(Winning trophies with Everton) would be the pinnacle. I really feel now the club is moving in the right direction, bringing the right calibre of players in. I want to be part of it and hopefully part of a successful Everton team. "It's a great feeling to be back. I'm excited, I cannot wait to meet the lads, get on the training pitch and then get on the pitch to play. I'm ecstatic – I just cannot wait to get back playing. I'm excited, and I'm excited by the signings that the club have made. This club is moving forward. This football club should be winning trophies and we're taking huge steps to being involved and trying to win trophies. "The first game back will be an emotional day for me and I'm looking forward to it. I'm not just coming back because it's the team I support, the team I grew up playing for - I'm coming back because I feel the club can move forward and be successful. I want to be part of it. There will be pressure on me to perform, but I'm ready to go. I believe I can help move this club forward and be more successful on the pitch. "With the new stadium in the pipeline, it's an exciting time to be an Everton player, to be an Everton fan. It's on us players to make those times even more exciting by giving them good performances and try to help them be successful and bring trophies to the club." Ronald Koeman "It's all about his fitness and his desire, but he has shown me that ambition that we need. He knows how to win titles, as I said. No-one in the team except Gareth Barry and Davy Klaassen [in the Eredivisie] have won titles. The Under-20s are world champions but not in the Premier League. He is that player. And don't forget the experience he will give to the rest of the team. "Wayne, of course, is still competitive – he will be a competitor always – and he wants to play at the highest level that is possible for him. We have spoken several times about Everton and what we are striving to achieve. That's really interesting for Wayne and a lot of football players and, of course, in the situation of Wayne he was here at the beginning when he was young player for Everton. It's his home and he likes that competition, he likes that pressure. I'm really happy that he finally decided to come back. "His main quality is his quality on the ball, his experience and what I describe as his winning mentality. Everybody knows he can play out of different positions up front. He's a smart player. He's an experienced football player and that helps everybody. "We have a lot of young players and sometimes in life you need somebody who you look up to, who you learn from. That was also one of the messages when we spoke about on and off the pitch what his function will be in the team. One of the functions for Wayne is to show the rest of the team why he is - and still is - that player." Jose Mourinho "It is no secret that I have long been an admirer of Wayne; he has been a model professional throughout his time at the club and will remain in the history books for many years to come. "It is never easy to see a great player playing less football than he would like and I could not stand in his way when he asked to go back to Everton. His experience, focus and determination will be missed and I wish him well for the future." Ed Woodward "Wayne has been a fantastic servant to United since the moment he signed for us as a prodigiously talented, explosive teenager some 13 seasons ago. "Who can forget his storybook debut hat trick against Fenerbahce, the spectacular overhead kick against City and the countless match-winning performances in his time here? But after much discussion, the club has decided to accept his request to rejoin his boyhood team. "He goes having created some of the most magical moments in some of the most successful years in the club's history. Wayne leaves us as our greatest ever goalscorer and having won every major trophy in the game. His record will take decades for anyone to get close to matching and I am extremely grateful for the way he has led from the front since being appointed club captain three years ago. "On behalf of the whole club and our hundreds of millions of fans around the world, we wish Wayne all the very best for the next phase of his incredible career." Share your thoughts on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the conversation.
  21. Everton have confirmed the signing of Michael Keane from Burnley on a five-year deal. The 24-year-old was pictured leaving the Toffees' training facility on Monday afternoon after undergoing a medical and confirmation of the move has now been given by the Merseyside club. Everton are said to have beaten off competition from a number of Premier League rivals to land Keane's signature, setting them back an initial fee of £25m that could rise if various add-ons are met. Manager Ronald Koeman told Everton's official website: "Michael was high among the players we wanted to bring to Everton this summer and I'm delighted he is here at the club. "We knew there would be competition from other clubs but Michael believes in the ambition of Everton and what we want to do and this is the perfect moment for him to come. "I believe there is much more to come from Michael and that's what makes his signing really exciting for me - we will see his development as a player along with the progression overall within the Club. "It's another really positive sign of the direction the Club is moving in. He's 24 years old, his best years are to come, he's an England international, too, and I couldn't be more pleased that he's now a Blue." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  22. Everton manager Ronald Koeman has announced that he will hold talks with the club's board regarding Ross Barkley's future tomorrow. The 23-year-old midfielder was given an ultimatum by his boss earlier this season, the Dutchman telling the England international to sign a new contract at the club or prepare to be sold this summer. Barkley came on as a 26th-minute sub during this afternoon's 3-1 defeat at the hands of Arsenal, but Koeman said he was unhappy with his performance and confirmed that they will make a statement on Monday having previously given Barkley a deadline of today to put pen to paper. "It wasn't good enough. We saw today what we need for the next season. We need more productivity out of possession. That's the difference between us and Arsenal. We did everything to win the game but we had to score in the first half. It was a long time 11 vs. 10 and a penalty isn't enough," Koeman told reporters. "I will speak to the board [about Barkley] tomorrow and we will make a statement. He was one of the players who didn't show productivity today. Overall it's not about one player, but I understand why you asked about him. That's what we need to change. We need to find players with more productivity." What do you think? Share your thoughts about this news article on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the forum and joining the conversation.
  23. Everton manager Ronald Koeman is not confident about Ross Barkley being at the club next season. The midfielder's current contract expires in just over 12 months and Koeman has told him that he will be sold if he does not commit his future to the club by the end of the current campaign. "If you offer the player a good contract, it means we want him to stay here. If we don't want the player to stay longer, we don't offer him a new contract," Koeman said ahead of Everton's final game of the season against Arsenal on Sunday. And when asked if he was confident of keeping hold of Barkley, Koeman added: "No, because it is a long time he has been thinking about his future. "I am not worried because I like to work with players who like to stay. "We will go on and we're looking for players in that position. If he stays, there will be more competition for him next season." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  24. Everton boss Ronald Koeman has revealed that Ross Barkley has "one week" to decide whether to sign a new long-term contract at Goodison Park. The England midfielder has so far refused to put pen to paper on a new deal with the Toffees, despite the fact that his current contract will expire at the end of next season. Barkley, who has been linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur, has scored 26 times in 177 appearances for the Merseyside outfit since making his first-team debut in 2010. Koeman admits Everton are not prepared to wait much longer for the 23-year-old to make a decision, and he has given "one week" to decide his future at the club where he came through the ranks. "Still one week, time for him to decide. The board is working a long time for Ross to stay for a long period. It's up to the player but we don't wait until August. We need an answer if he will accept the contract or we sign a player," Koeman told reporters. "If he leaves it so long you have doubts. I like to work with players who want to stay. I don't know, it's up to the player, he needs to make a decision." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  25. Everton boss Ronald Koeman says he has "not been impressed" with Manchester United's style of football this season, and expects the Red Devils to miss out on the top four of the Premier League. The Dutchman's attack on the 20-time English champions came in response to a question related to Toffees forward Romelu Lukaku potentially making the move to Old Trafford this summer. Koeman has claimed that Lukaku would not be taking a step up in his career if he joined Man United, with Jose Mourinho's side "struggling" to hit their former heights. "I cannot see Manchester United finishing in the top four. Zlatan's injury looks bad and when I look at the amount of matches they are having to play this season I can see them missing the top four," Koeman told reporters. "I have not been impressed by the way they play. They are struggling to decide matches. With Everton we drew twice against United this season and both times there was more in it for us. "The Europa League is a different calibre than the Champions League. The fact that Man United were struggling to beat a team like Anderlecht proves what kind of season the club is having." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.

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