Kluitenberg posts Twitter message to Everton fans after departure

General view of the Everton v Tottenham Hotspur Barclaycard Premiership match played at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England on August 17, 2002.

Everton fitness coach Jan Kluitenberg has left the club after confirming his departure on Twitter.

General View prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Southampton at Goodison Park on December 29, 2013 in Liverpool, England.

Jan Kluitenberg has announced on Twitter that he has left his post as Everton's fitness coach just over a year after joining the Toffees with former manager Ronald Koeman.

Kluitenberg, 54, first linked up with Koeman at AZ Alkmaar in 2009, before following the former Valencia manager to Feyenoord, Southampton and then Goodison Park.

The outspoken fitness coach was one of Koeman's most trusted staff members on Merseyside, but the Liverpool Echo reported back in September that he had deactivated his Twitter account following claims the Toffees squad was unfit.

The Dutchman posted his first tweet since deactivating his account two months ago, stating it "was a pleasure" to work for Everton after first joining the Merseyside club in June 2016.

Kluitenberg leaves Everton ahead of the Toffees clash against Crystal Palace, as they travel to Selhurst Park to take on Roy Hodgson's side on Saturday afternoon.

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