Ronald Koeman making a sideways step at best by leaving Southampton for Everton

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman

Ronald Koeman is expected to be unveiled as Everton's new manager today after leaving Southampton.

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

The Toffees have agreed a deal with their Premier League rivals that paves the way for Koeman to become their new manager, according to BBC Sport.

The BBC report the Goodison Park outfit will pay about £5m compensation for the 53-year-old Dutchman, who leaves Saints after two years in charge.

The Blues have been without a manager since they sacked Roberto Martinez just before the end of the 2015-16 season.

While there is no doubting Everton are a fine football club, Koeman's decision is the most bizarre managerial move of the summer.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez with Southampton manager Ronald Koeman before the matchEverton manager Roberto Martinez with Southampton manager Ronald Koeman before the match

Bizarre

Everton may have a more illustrious history than the Saints, it is the club Koeman is leaving which has been on an upward trend in recent seasons.

Southampton have finished above the Blues for the last two seasons, by five places in the season just gone and four places the season before.

The Saints finished sixth, not far off the Champions League places, to cement Europa League football next season.

Everton's Romelu Lukaku on the benchEverton's Romelu Lukaku on the bench

Rebuilding job at Goodison Park?

And Koeman is giving that up for what could be a something of a rebuilding job if the likes of Romelu Lukaku and John Stones are allowed to leave Goodison Park this summer.

Had the Dutch legend elected to join a club regular competing in the Champions League or for trophies there would be none of the fuss that has greeted his decision.

But moving to Everton is at best a sideways step for the former PSV Eidhoven and Valencia manager, particularly given he was being linked with the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United just last month, as reported by the Express.

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

A chance to further enhance his CV with no-lose project

Maybe Koeman sees Everton as a club with the potential to improve drastically and add further gloss to an impressive CV.

After all he has been promised significant funds to improve the squad according to reports in the likes of the Sun.

But it could also be the biggest gamble of his career and one he never really needed to take.

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