Ronald Koeman: ''I had to leave Southampton''

18/06/2016  6 Comments  [Jump to last]

James Rowe has translated a transcript of the first Dutch interview that Ronald Koeman has given since becoming Everton manager.

“I have learnt in life that you can't wait and you cannot predict the future. All the big clubs have managers in place so, if you get the chance to come to a club that is very ambitious, one that has a new owner and where there are possibilities to win things, then I view that as a challenge.

“We have a great striker in Romelu Lukaku although rumours persist with Graziano Pelle who I know from my time at Feyenoord he is also proving to have a great Euro 2016 so far but I will talk with the staff at Everton and discuss what we need in order to make the team better.

“It is always important by the first meeting to make a good impression and to get results as expectations here are higher at Everton than at Southampton but I am used to that and I am happy here at Everton.”

James is a writer from the UK, who has been living in Amsterdam for 10 years as contributor and translator of Dutch football news for Football-Oranje.com, the Number 1 English language site dedicated to Dutch football.

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Ian Robert
1 Posted 18/06/2016 at 19:00:36
It's all Double Dutch to me.
Everton Wint
2 Posted 18/06/2016 at 19:19:47
It's simple they wanted to lock him down, and he wanted to see out contract. Then he would be free to pick from what is available or if not re sign. They made him choose now and ambition and status won .COYB
Paul Ferry
3 Posted 18/06/2016 at 19:39:39
Why does the headline in quotes read 'I had to leave Southampton' when then words do not appear from RK's mouth in this translation?
Michael Kenrick
4 Posted 18/06/2016 at 21:17:40
That might be a good question for the author/translator who sent us this piece, Paul. Then again, he may not be responsible for the tagline (a la The Echo, where some subeditor gets to make up the headlines).
John Crawley
5 Posted 18/06/2016 at 21:38:11
Bit worrying that he mentions Pelle who is completely average and one to avoid at all costs.
Paul Ferry
6 Posted 18/06/2016 at 21:41:32
Cheers MK. Yep The Echo!

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