Koeman Names Backroom Staff

Everton has appointed Erwin Koeman and Jan Kluitenberg as part of Ronald Koeman’s backroom staff.

Ronald’s brother Erwin has been confirmed as his assistant manager and Kluitenberg installed as fitness coach. The pair occupied the same roles for the new manager at his previous club, Southampton.

Erwin, a former left midfielder who earned 31 caps with the Netherlands, spent time at Groningen and PSV Eindhoven in his homeland and also enjoyed a trophy-laden spell at Mechelen in Belgium.

Over the course of his career, he won the Eredivisie twice, the Belgian First Divison title and the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup.

He was also in the Dutch squad, alongside Ronald, that won the 1988 European Championships – starting alongside his brother in the final against Russia.


Meanwhile, Kluitenberg links up with a man he has worked with on several occasions. He was named fitness coach under Koeman  at Benfica and followed his countryman to AZ Alkmaar and Feyenoord.

A spell working in Saudi Arabia with Al-Jazira followed, before stints at Sparta Rotterdam and FC Twente prior to re-joining Ronald Koeman’s staff at Southampton.

At his first press conference since being named as Everton manager, Koeman confirmed that both David Unsworth and Duncan Ferguson will remain on the coaching staff, and revealed he is targeting a new goalkeeping coach.

“It's always important to have a good technical staff,” said Koeman. “My brother will join us in the staff like he did at Southampton, and the physical coach Jan Kluitenberg will join us.


“We have Duncan Ferguson like an assistant in the technical staff and David Unsworth is the man between the first-team and the Under-21s.

“One position in the staff is still not done, which is the goalkeeper coach. In two days I hope we will have also occupied that position.”

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