Williams: Relentless Koeman drives us forward

Everton defender Ashley Williams has revealed that manager Ronald Koeman is ambitious and always pushes his players to get the most out of them.

In his first full season in charge, Koeman led the Toffees to a seventh-place finish, four places above where the club finished in the previous two seasons.

Williams has been impressed by the manager's work ethic and ability to motivate the players, and is eager to help the team break into the top six.

“The main thing that sticks out is how much he keeps pushing you and driving you on, every day in training, every game we play,” Williams told the club's official website. 

“He won’t accept anything other than 100-per-cent effort and he’s very smart with the way that he manages the team. I’ve enjoyed my first season with him. 

“He’s obviously one of the best defenders there has been and you only have to look at what he won as a player to see he deserves respect. He’s been great for us and he wants us to push on.” 

He added: “We’ve had a good season but it’s one we expected or wanted from ourselves. Hopefully we can go better from here.

“There is a lot of ambition, a desire to keep moving forward and that’s only positive for us as players to be part of it.”

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