Kevin Kilbane comments on whether Everton is sideways move for Koeman

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman

Kevin Kilbane believes Southampton to Everton is not a sideways move for Ronald Koeman.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman acknowledges fans at the end of the matchSouthampton manager Ronald Koeman acknowledges fans at the end of the match

BBC pundit Kevin Kilbane has told BBC Radio Five Live that he thinks Everton are making a huge statement with their move for Southampton boss Ronald Koeman.

Koeman, 53, became Saints boss back in 2014 having impressed with Feyenoord in his native Netherlands, and was charged with a huge task following the departure of manager Mauricio Pochettino to Tottenham.

Southampton manager Ronald KoemanSouthampton manager Ronald Koeman

With the likes of Calum Chambers, Dejan Lovren, Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert all sold upon Koeman's arrival, he had to rebuild the Saints squad almost from scratch - and guided them to a seventh-placed finish in the 2014/15 season.

Even after losing Toby Alderweireld, Nathaniel Clyne and Morgan Schneiderlin last summer, Koeman again rebuild and fought through to a sixth-placed finish.

Southampton manager Ronald KoemanSouthampton manager Ronald Koeman

Now though, Koeman could be heading out of St. Mary's Stadium. Reports from the Daily Mail suggest that the Dutchman is set to become the new Everton manager, despite the Toffees finishing in 11th place, a full 16 points adrift of Southampton.

It's a huge move for Everton, but many believe that Koeman is making a sideways or even backwards move by replacing Roberto Martinez at Goodison Park - and former Toffees winger Kevin Kilbane has been giving his opinion on the situation.

Kilbane believes that Everton is far from a sideways move, as the club will be a better force than Southampton thanks to the investment of Farhad Moshiri - and ultimately thinks it's a huge statement from Everton to land the Saints manager.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman applauds fans at the end of the matchSouthampton manager Ronald Koeman applauds fans at the end of the match

"I think it's a major statement from Everton," said Kilbane. "It puts Everton on a different level, if it is done, that they can entice a manager of Koeman's quality. We've been hearing that there is going to be financial backing within the club with the new major shareholder Moshiri, and I think with what you read about and what you're hearing, it looks as though it's going to take a substantial offer to get Ronald Koeman."

"It will go down very well with Evertonians, and I think overall it's a huge statement from Everton's point of view. In answer to the question, is it a sideways step? No, I don't think that, because I think there's real potential, and the way it's going to be going over the next few years, with the quality of the players they've got and they're going to add to it, that's why I think Everton could be a better force," he added.

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