The Dutchman was confirmed as the Blues' new manager yesterday, more than a month since Martinez was sacked following a dreadful sequence of results, and he will soon begin the process of rebuilding a squad that has already seen four veteran players leave.
Koeman arrives at Goodison Park with a stellar reputation from his playing days and an impressive managerial record, two years of which has been spent in the Premier League at Southampton who finished in the European places in both of his seasons on the south coast.
"It's something we've all been waiting for and anticipating," Baines said of the 53-year-old's unveiling as the new Everton boss. "We (the players) have been trying to keep an eye on things. We're the same as everyone else in keeping an eye on the media and whatnot.
"It's been really well received and it's the appointment everyone was hoping for.
"It's an interesting summer for this football club and the appointment of a new manager means that everyone can start to look forward to what's to come.
"His reputation speaks for itself," Baines continued in reference to Koeman. "As a player he was obviously top drawer and he's on that path now as a manager as well.
"He's done a fantastic job in what was a difficult job at Southampton with the players they lost.
"And that's why I think our chairman (Bill Kenwright) and Mr Moshiri (Everton's majority shareholder Farhad) were so focused on making him the man.
"We are just delighted that he is in now and are all looking forward to working with him."
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1 Posted 15/06/2016 at 22:00:58
2 Posted 15/06/2016 at 22:02:58
3 Posted 15/06/2016 at 22:05:46
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13 Posted 16/06/2016 at 00:05:51
17 Posted 16/06/2016 at 00:15:01
18 Posted 16/06/2016 at 01:17:46
19 Posted 16/06/2016 at 01:27:38
20 Posted 16/06/2016 at 01:51:01
21 Posted 16/06/2016 at 03:15:40
23 Posted 16/06/2016 at 09:19:54
24 Posted 16/06/2016 at 09:28:15
25 Posted 16/06/2016 at 10:34:08
As for Baines he is an Everton great for sure, with a great attitude.
26 Posted 16/06/2016 at 11:05:21
27 Posted 16/06/2016 at 11:46:14
28 Posted 16/06/2016 at 13:35:27
29 Posted 16/06/2016 at 13:47:27
And by that I mean doing what they're good at, bombing up the wings and influencing our attack more!
For some reason, Martinez (after his first season) seemed to shackle both players and stop them from playing their natural football.
The first thing Koeman should do is put Baines back on penalty and free kicks duty too!
30 Posted 16/06/2016 at 14:28:08
31 Posted 16/06/2016 at 19:49:44
Professional, dedicated, determined and quite clever when you think the first thing Koeman's going to see at the training ground is our Leighton practicing his free kicks!!!
32 Posted 16/06/2016 at 20:54:03
33 Posted 16/06/2016 at 23:17:17
With this solid foundation our midfield and attack will profit as it is - never mind if we spend a trillion pounds to add more class.
Do your stuff Big Ron.
34 Posted 16/06/2016 at 23:17:34
35 Posted 17/06/2016 at 03:08:21
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