Koeman leaving for Merseyside as Everton, Southampton agree fee

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Two years ago, Ronald Koeman was a surprising — maybe even head-scratching? — hire by Southampton after Mauricio Pochettino left for Tottenham Hotspur.

It’s hard to think of that tenure, now coming to an end with his expected move to Everton, as anything but an unquestioned success.

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Sky Sports reports that Everton and Saints have reached a compensation agreement in the neighborhood of $8 million that will allow Koeman to flee Southampton for Merseyside, along with brother Erwin Koeman and assistant Jan Kluitenberg.

Sources say Southampton is waiting on confirmation of the deal, but have been working through a list of potential replacements.

Koeman, 53, won 48 percent of his matches at Southampton boss, guiding the side to a 7th place finish in his first season and a sixth place campaign this season. That last finish is Southampton’s highest top-flight finish since 1984-85, when they finished fifth.