James Beattie responds when asked whether Ronald Koeman is moving to a bigger club at Everton

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman

James Beattie represented both Everton and Southampton during his playing days.

Accrington Stanley manager James Beattie after the match

James Beattie has told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, which was broadcast on 8th June, that Ronald Koeman will be a good appointment for Everton.

Koeman is expected to complete a move from Southampton to Everton in the coming days.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman

The Dutch manager has been tempted by the Merseyside club, after they promised him a £100 million transfer budget.

Southampton fans have been left hugely disappointed by Koeman’s decision to leave, especially after he initially denied that he would be interested in a move to the Merseyside club.

Koeman stated that he was happy to stay at Southampton when Everton were first linked, but he then decided that the switch to Goodison Park did appeal to him.

Some sections of Saints supporters feel that Koeman has taken a sideways step by moving to Everton.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman (R) with assitant manager Erwin Koeman before the match

And Beattie, who represented both clubs during his playing days, would not be drawn on whether Koeman has taken a step up.

“I can’t really answer that,” Beattie said, when asked whether Ronald Koeman has taken a step up by moving to Everton.

“I think with the way that he has progressed Southampton over the last few years, he’s done a great job. But with the new ownership of Everton he is going to get a big war-chest. Success doesn’t come with money, but he’s a great acquisition and someone who can utilise the money well.”

Koeman guided Southampton into a sixth placed finish in the Premier League last season, while Everton ended up finishing in 11th place.

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

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