Everton have confirmed a deal to appoint Feyenoord's Patrick Lodewijks as their new first-team goalkeeping coach ahead of the 2016-2017 campaign. The decision is the latest step in Ronald Koeman's revamp at Goodison Park. The new manager already worked with Lodewijks during their time at the Eredivisie outfit from 2011 to 2014.
The former Southampton boss was appointed as new Toffees manager last week following the sacking of Roberto Martinez. The club then announced that his brother and assistant manager Erwin, along with fitness coach Jan Kluitenberg, would join the Dutchman in his reign on Merseyside, after the duo already assisted him during two successful at St Mary's Stadium.
However, Koeman has ruled out recruiting Southampton goalkeeping coach Dave Watson, and now Everton have confirmed that Lodewijks has been chosen to assist him with the goalkeepers at Goodison Park.
"Everton Football Club has agreed a deal to appoint Patrick Lodewijks as first-team goalkeeping coach," the club confirmed in an official statement.
"The 49-year-old is set to join Ronald Koeman's backroom team from Feyenoord on completion of the necessary paperwork. Lodewijks previously worked alongside the new Blues manager during his time at the helm of the Eredivisie side. He has occupied a similar coaching position at Feyenoord since 2007 and also been in charge of the Dutch club's under-21s team."
Lodewijks shared the dressing room with Koeman during their early playing days together at PSV Eindhoven. He then spent 11 years at Groningen from 1989 to 1998, returned to PSV before ending his career at Feyenoord.
Lodewijks is expected to fill the gap left by Inaki Bergara, who served as goalkeeping coach during Martinez's three seasons at Everton, having previously worked with the Spaniard at Wigan.
Koeman is yet to make any new senior additions to his squad, despite reports suggesting that billionaire investor Farhad Moshiri is ready to hand him a big budget to bolster their squad during the coming summer transfer window in a bid to fight for a Champions League spot.
The club recently signed 18-year-old goalkeeper Chris Renshaw from Oldham as one for the future, but are still expected to bring a new stopper to fight with Joel Robles for the number one spot following veteran Tim Howard's move to the Colorado Rapids.