'He Was Always Our Top Target'

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Bill Kenwright has confirmed Ronald Koeman was always Everton's first choice to take over the managerial reins at Goodison Park.

The Blues Chairman also said he understood the Dutchman was a "big, big choice" of the Club's supporters, admitting he had "seldom felt so much unanimity in the fanbase for a signing."

Koeman jetted into Merseyside on Friday to be officially unveiled as Blues boss after it was confirmed earlier this week that he had put pen-to-paper on a three-year deal.

Asked what had most impressed him about the 53-year-old former Netherlands international, Mr Kenwright said: "I think he made an impression before we met him. It was a sad day – because we don’t say goodbye to a lot of managers – to say goodbye to Roberto [Martinez] but, when Farhad [Moshiri] and I sat down, Ronald was absolutely the first name on his lips and on my lips.

"He is very much the choice of the board and, from what I can gather, a big, big choice for Evertonians.

"We have spent a bit of time together and I have told him that I have seldom felt so much unanimity in the fanbase for a signing. It is a big signing for us.

"Ronald certainly says all the right things and I was impressed with everything he said in the press conference. He knows he has got our total, total support and we are grateful that he has chosen to join Everton."

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