Stan Collymore believes Everton fans would be happy finishing fifth

Everton manager Ronald Koeman

The Blues are expected to drastically improve on last season's 11th placed finish under Ronald Koeman.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman before the matchEverton manager Ronald Koeman before the match

Stan Collymore has told the Mirror that he believes Everton fans will be happy with a fifth; sixth or seventh placed finish next season.

The Blues are expected to drastically improve next season after two consecutive 11th placed finishes under Roberto Martinez.

They have already brought in Ronald Koeman as their new manager, with the expectation that he can help turn around their performances after two poor years from them. 

Everton manager Ronaldo KoemanEverton manager Ronaldo Koeman

Their aim is to become a Champions League club in future, with shareholder Farhad Moshiri wanting to transform them after investing earlier this year.

That process will likely take longer than a year, and Collymore says he believes Everton fans would take a fifth placed finish or lower after the last two years.

“Koeman’s arrival at Everton has added to the sense of a new dawn at Goodison Park following the investment of Farhad Moshiri,” he told the Mirror.

“John Stones and Romelu Lukaku aside, the Dutchman looks to have inherited a settled squad which, with the right additions, could well challenge for fifth, sixth or seventh. Evertonians would take that.”

Everton manager Ronald Koeman before the match against BarnsleyEverton manager Ronald Koeman before the match against Barnsley

It now remains to be seen whether Everton can challenge for a fifth placed finish as Collymore suggests.

Much will likely rest on the work that they can do in the summer transfer window, with no major signings arriving at the club as yet.

If they can successfully add quality to the squad, there is every chance that they can drastically improve on their 11th placed finishes of the last two seasons.

Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright and new manager Ronald Koeman during the press conferenceEverton Chairman Bill Kenwright and new manager Ronald Koeman during the press conference

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