Ronald Koeman is reportedly on the verge of becoming the new manager of Everton, a move which has raised a lot of questions regarding the Dutchman's ambition.
The Dutch legend guided Southampton to their highest league finish in 32 years last season, finishing 6th, five places above 11th placed Everton.
Koeman joined the Saints in 2014, penning a three-year deal to replace Mauricio Pochettino, who turned Southampton into one of the most attractive teams to watch in the league, before jumping ship and joining Tottenham Hotspur.
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Since joining the south coast team, Koeman has kept a lot of aspects the same as when Pochettino was in charge, sticking to a philosophy of attractive attacking play. You know what they say, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
It could be said that Koeman has actually improved Southampton since taking over from the Spurs manager, and it would be hard to argue against the statement considering Koeman achieved a higher finish than Pochettino as Southampton manager.
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The Saints have also demonstrated their ambition to at least achieve European football, having spent money on the likes of Sadio Mane and Shane Long. Yes, many of the club's top players such as Toby Alderweireld and Adam Lallana have moved to bigger clubs, but the same applies with Everton, who have always sold their top players in recent years and have, at times, been referred to as a 'feeder club' to the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal.
The Toffees are again expected to lose two of their prized assets this summer in John Stones, and almost definitely in Romelu Lukaku, despite a ludicrous asking price of £65 million for the Belgian striker.
Southampton's famous youth system is an example of their long term intentions, and they will be able to attract even better players having secured a Europa League spot for next season, while of course, Everton will not be involved in any European football.
You feel Southampton have entered a new era in securing a Europa League spot, and it is certainly surprising that Koeman doesn't want to guide them into it.
The European Championship winner said a lack of ambition is what could affect him signing a new contract, and it would be understandable if he would want to leave for a Champions League club.
However, with the money that will be spent by the likes of Manchester City, United and Chelsea, and, of course, the strength of Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham, it's hard to see Everton even being a able to challenge for a top-four finish, which would be the only step up from Southampton.
If Koeman keeps progressing this impressive Southampton side the way he is, then one of the big boys will come calling eventually, but in the meantime he might be better off staying at Southampton, any other move is surely a downgrade.
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