Ronald Koeman has told Gary Lineker of his driving ambition to push Everton towards Champions League football.
The Blues boss, in an exclusive interview that aired on BBC’s Premier League Show
on Wednesday evening, spoke about his plan of progress with the Football Club over the next three years.
Koeman explained to the former Everton and England striker that one of his first aims is to try and bring European football back to Goodison Park, with a long-term vision of achieving qualification for the continent’s elite competition.
“This season Everton will fight for European football,” Koeman declared. “But to finish above the big teams in the Premier League will be difficult.
“For next season we need to improve and we will get new signings in which will make the team stronger. The third year, we need to be close to playing in the Champions League.”
Asked by Lineker, who famously scored 40 goals for the Toffees in 1985/86, what would represent success at the conclusion of this season, Koeman added: “If we qualify for Europe. Also it’s how the team is playing and playing as a team. It’s all about we win and we get a high position. We want to reach that.”
Koeman also spoke openly about how he made the transition from player to coach in the 1990s and his style of management - watch him speak about these topics in the videos above.