How Everton target Guus Hiddink has 30-year relationship with Koeman, including 2014 fall-out

Guus Hiddink interim manager of Chelsea looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between A.F.C. Bournemouth and Chelsea at the Vitality Stadium on April 23, 2016 in Bournemouth,...

Everton are reportedly speaking to Guus Hiddink about replacing Ronald Koeman.

Guus Hiddink interim manager of Chelsea looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between A.F.C. Bournemouth and Chelsea at the Vitality Stadium on April 23, 2016 in Bournemouth,...

Everton are searching for a new manager after sacking Ronald Koeman last month – and they appear to be interested in one of his former mentors.

The Toffees lost five of their first nine Premier League games, with a 5-2 home defeat to Arsenal costing Koeman his job after 16 months at Goodison Park.

Everton now need a new boss after two defeats under caretaker manager David Unsworth, and The Mirror claim that contact has been made with former Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink.

Ronald Koeman, Manager of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park on October 22, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Hiddink, 70, has been out of management since the end of the 2015-16 season, but he could now head to Everton to steady the ship at Goodison Park.

A move for the Dutchman would be particularly interesting given that Hiddink and former boss Koeman have had a relationship spanning 30 years, with recent ups and downs.

Their story together starts with PSV Eindhoven back in the late 1980's, winning three Eredivisie titles, three KNVB Cups and one European Cup during their time together with the Dutch giants.

Guus Hiddink interim manager of Chelsea and Ronald Koeman manager of Southampton look on during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Chelsea at St Mary's Stadium on...Guus Hiddink and Ronald Koeman

Koeman then joined Hiddink's coaching staff with the Netherlands national team for the 1998 World Cup in France, before moving on to Barcelona and eventually starting his own managerial career.

For much of Koeman's time as Ajax boss, Hiddink was his rival at PSV Eindhoven, and when Hiddink left PSV in 2006, his replacement was none other than Koeman himself, succeeding his former mentor.

Their relationship took a turn for the worse in 2014 though, as Hiddink beat Koeman to become the new Netherlands boss, and Koeman was left insulted when he was only offered to be the assistant manager - and it wasn't even Hiddink who offered him the role, it was the Dutch FA, as reported by Sky Sports

Koeman told The Guardian in 2016 that the whole situation left a bad taste in his mouth after such a long relationship with Hiddink, and whilst they patched things up eventually, it remains to be seen how their relationship could change if Hiddink replaces him - and some Everton fans may even be concerned with the prospect of replacing Koeman with somebody who had such a strong impact on the Dutchman's career as a manager.

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