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Everton manager Koeman knows exactly what to do

Ruud Gullit tells all about his time with Koeman

Ronald Koeman
Ronald Koeman captaining the Netherlands

As a former teammate of Ronald Koeman on the Netherlands national team, Ruud Gullit is very well-placed to talk about the current Everton manager.

During the BBC's Match of the Day 2 programme following Everton’s 2-0 home win, Gullit was on the show as a guest pundit and shared some memories about Koeman.

When asked if he thought Koeman would always end up in management, Gullit agreed -

"Yes, because he has that way. He's very quiet, he knows exactly what to do.

"He was not the quickest player, but he was always anticipating everything so that he doesn't need to slide tackle and things like that.

"Then we did a course, for our coaching badges in Holland. And then I see him there with his pencil case, he gets all kinds of colours of the rainbow out of it! And I'm thinking 'why the hell are you doing that?!'

"He's got his sheets with different colours and I'm thinking 'OK, busy b******s!' It was unbelievable.

"But he became a manager, and this is how he is. The guy I know from when I was young."

He was also very complimentary of Koeman’s management style -

"He has the ability to say things in a quiet way, a nice way, so there's that man-management side with him," he said.

"It's like [Carlo] Ancelotti. It's the guy you like. He's not a shouter, he's not screaming, he's not standing on the outside. He's just telling you the things exactly how they are. Very methodical, very easy-going.

"I like him as a person. For us, when he was a sweeper, he was not quick, but he never needed to slide because he always anticipated the situation. That's what he will expect from other players.

"He's just a good, genuine guy and I think that when you are a player you want to play for him. Especially with the experience that he has – the cup with the big ears – that helps, huh?!"