'He Was Always Our Top Target'

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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