Mario Melchiot tells Ronald Koeman what he must do at Everton

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

The former Premier League defender has been speaking about Everton

Southampton manager Ronald KoemanSouthampton manager Ronald Koeman

Everton are currently ironing out the details of a deal to bring Ronald Koeman to the club as the replacement for outgoing manager Roberto Martinez.

The Southampton boss is believed to have agreed terms over the move with the clubs now having to discuss a settlement, according to the Telegraph, that Southampton value at £5 million.

Mario Melchiot at ChelseaMario Melchiot at Chelsea

Former Chelsea and Wigan defender Mario Melchiot has now discussed the potential switch for Koeman to Everton with Sky Sports.

The Dutchman, who also played at Ajax just like Koeman, suggested the title might be a stretch for his countryman but that regular European qualification must be the aim:

"They've got to push for a higher league position because next to Liverpool they will always be there competing.

Everton manager Roberto MartinezEverton manager Roberto Martinez

"If Everton want to compete, they've got to deliver now so that's why they probably make that move to bring in somebody who can make that step, and go to the next level.

"Everton could aim to be playing in Europe. Maybe the title is a big shout, but when you play you want to win the best."

Everton fell short of Europe again this season under the difficult reign of Martinez in 2015-16.

Southampton fans hold up a Holland flag for manager Ronald Koeman at the end of the matchSouthampton fans hold up a Holland flag for manager Ronald Koeman at the end of the match

Everton fans however see the potential of their club and feel that European football should be a regular occurrence. Melchiot believes this is what Koeman must do upon his arrival from Southampton, when the two clubs can finally come to an agreement over a settlement.

Everton fans will certainly hope that the Dutchman can live up to Melchiot’s expectations.

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