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Ronald Koeman’s Everton story exposes shortcomings of the post-Cruyffians

Ronald Koeman, Manager of Everton speaks to Leighton Baines of Everton and Wayne Rooney of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park on October...

Long before he was sacked, a criticism of Ronald Koeman at Everton was that he seemed to regard the club as a stepping stone. “He called us Everton, he never called us ‘us’,” as the former Everton captain Kevin Ratcliffe put it on Monday. Koeman’s ultimate ambition, as he has made clear since he took his first steps in management with Vitesse in 2000, is to manage Barcelona.

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Manchester United's Paul Pogba celebrates with the trophy after winning the Europa League

Manchester United’s Paul Pogba sets up Europa League final win over Ajax

There was a moment at the final whistle when José Mourinho went looking for someone. This match had come to mean so much to Manchester United that three of his injured players – Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Luke Shaw and Eric Bailly – had just attempted to sprint to the centre-circle on crutches. Then Mourinho saw his son, the modestly named José Jr, and suddenly man and boy were rolling around the pitch.