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So, About Ronald Koeman...

Filed: Friday, 3rd November 2017
By: Staff Writer #3

Last Mondayís news regarding Ronald Koemanís dismissal from Everton was instantly met by widespread cries of #BilicOutKoemanIn by unhappy Hammers fans on social media.

However, 10 days is a long time in football. So, now that the dust of the initial aftermath has settled, would the Dutchman be a worthy heir to the London Stadium throne?

First and foremost, itís worth reiterating the fact that virtually no noise has been made from official sources. Thatís hardly surprising given that Bilic is still currently employed at E20 2ST. Still, given that it always feels as though the manager is only ever a couple of bad results away from the chop, there is a very real possibility that the late equaliser at Selhurst Park will prove to be the beginning of the end. Should the seemingly inevitable happen at some stage in the next few weeks, Koeman will undoubtedly be one of the leading candidates.

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They say youíre only ever as good as your recent performances, and that could be quite a worrying factor when accessing the man who currently sits joint third on the bookiesí list of potential candidates. Frankly, Everton are one of very few Premier League teams to be enduring a worse campaign than ours. Tellingly, Koeman couldnít inspire any real success once Lukakuís goals had vacated Goodison Park for Old Trafford. While Chicharito certainly has the potential to comfortably hit double figures, overcoming a lack of goals could prove to be another major stumbling block.

Koemanís previous successes should not be ignored, however. The 54-year-old was a serial winner as a player and led both Ajax and PSV Eredivisie titles during his earlier managerial career. Most notably, he coped with the sales of several key players at St Maryís to establish Southampton as a solid Premier League side. As far as short-term aspirations are concerned, most West Ham fans would accept sustainability before pushing onto the level that had been promised prior to our Boleyn Ground departure. If the club could achieve that with the right style and playing philosophy, east London would suddenly start to feel a lot happier than it has for most of the past 15 months.

The former Barcelona star has made no secrets about his desire to take the Camp Nou hot seat at some stage in the future. This is something that Dutch the site onlinewedden.com believe has been reflected in his playing style at every club heís managed. In fact, Koeman was widely tipped to succeed Luis Enrique in the early parts of 2017. While his name isnít even close to the Blaugrana conversation right now, West Ham could be the perfect stepping stone to rebuild that reputation. The only way he could possibly do this, though, is with an attractive brand of football.

Questions have been raised over fitness, desire, and trust in Bilicís methods. However, nobody could doubt the talent in this current Hammersí side. With a couple of headline additions in January, thereís nothing to stop this squad producing quality performances as well as positive results. If that does happen, under Koeman or indeed anyone else, that would provide the foundations for ongoing growth on and off the field.

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Speculation regarding potential summer additions should be taken with a hefty pinch of salt, especially when thinking about players that could appeal to a manager who isnít even currently at the club. Still, footballwhispers.com has pinpointed Jack Wilshere and Kwando Asamoah as potential arrivals while most fans will be hoping that the owners can rectify their summer blunders by getting William Carvalho over the line. Any of those players would be welcomed additions right now, both in terms of quality and style. Koeman would certainly be better equipped than Bilic in a bid to get the best out of them.

Whether that makes Koeman the ideal manager or not is another question altogether. Other names currently in the proverbial hat include Roberto Mancini, Rafa Benitez, and Manuel Pellegrini, who all boast notable attributes. Still, the recently sacked Everton manager seems to be one of the most popular candidates while it could be the perfect timing for both parties.

As for the long-term aspirations of managing Barcelona, any serious talk is unlikely to surface for at least two or three years. In the cut-throat world of modern football management, that spell would be no less than the duration of most Premier League reigns.

Please note that the opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, nor should be attributed to, KUMB.com.

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