And all of this against a rival that in Gerard Moreno and Paco Alcacer has two of the best strikers in La Liga. Will it be a happy start for Koeman, or will he face problems from the very start?
The match went ahead and West Ham defeated their League One rivals 5-1 with assistant Manager Alan Irvine under charge.
‘I also hope very much that I can become one of the Winter Olympic volunteers, so that I can contribute my own modest strength to my country.’
He didn't play in Real Sociedad's game against Real Madrid on Sunday night in order to ensure he was not injured ahead of the move.
But discussions between the government and the Grand Slam organizers were ongoing as to how this policy would affect Roland Garros, which has been scheduled from September 27 to October 11.
Preferred medal and pictogram designs were chosen by a panel of experts after an online call for entries ended, and will be released in the first half of 2021 after the necessary modifications have been made.
In the day's other match, South Korean striker Son Heung Min scored four goals as Tottenham produced a second half blitz to win 5-2 away to Southampton.
Seventh-placed Marseille needed a late header from substitute Valere Germain to clinch a 1-1 home draw with Lille in the latest match of the day. Brazilian forward Luiz Araujo helped Lille take the lead at the start of the second half and could have doubled it when his effort hit the cross bar in the 65th minute.
Real Madrid kicked off with a 0-0 draw away to Real Sociedad in their opening game, which again highlighted their problems in creating chances. Zinedine Zidane is still likely to be without Eden Hazard and Marco Asensio due to fitness problems, and there is a slight doubt over Martin Odegaard, who returned a positive COVID-19 test result, followed by a negative in a second test on Tuesday.
Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong, Philippe Coutinho and new arrival Miralem Pjanic battle it out for three spots in midfield with Francisco Trincao likely to wait his turn on the bench.
IOC Coordination Commission Chair John Coates described the measures as a "milestone" and an "important step" towards delivering a safe and successful Games in 2021.