Koeman: Im very much looking forward to getting down to work

Ronald Koeman is very excited about starting work with the Everton squad and says that he brought forward the date that the players were due back to pre-season as he wanted longer to work with them.

Koeman believes that the longer he has to work with the players in pre-season, the better prepped they will be for the season ahead.

“I’m very much looking forward to getting down to work,” Koeman said. “I’m extremely full of energy after a long summer and the players have had a lot of holidays as well.

“That’s one of the reasons I decided to change the date for starting the pre-season because it was planned in for 7 July and we changed it to 4 July because I think the best pre-season is five or six weeks of planning.

“After a long holiday, the boys need to work and to get back fit to play football.”

Koeman has added to his coaching staff with the appointment of a number of key faces and believes that they will help prepare his squad.

“With a new technical staff, we need to show them how we will work together,” Koeman added. “[We will look at] organising in the training sessions, we will have some good friendly matches and it’s all about preparing the team of the first Premier League game.

“In pre-season, you get time to know all the players, to know the young players and, okay, you have the training sessions, but around the training sessions you have time enough to have a coffee with them and to have a talk to them.

“Of course, they need to know the manager, they need to know the rest of the technical staff and we need to know the players, the characters of the players and that’s important. You get that time more in pre-season.”


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