Sunday 28 December 2014

Saints keen on Koeman

Published 04/06/2014 | 02:30

Southampton have held talks with Ronald Koeman about becoming their new manager
Southampton have held talks with Ronald Koeman about becoming their new manager

Southampton have held talks with Ronald Koeman about the prospect of him succeeding Mauricio Pochettino as manager at St Mary's, with the club aiming to make an appointment by the end of next week.

Koeman is understood to have met Southampton officials, including executive director Les Reed, on Monday.

Koeman is out of work after leaving Feyenoord last month and is seen as a good fit with Southampton's philosophy of promoting young talent from their academy and adopting an attacking playing style.

In a 14-year managerial career, he won won the Dutch title with Ajax and PSV Eindhoven, as well as the Copa del Rey at Valencia.

As a player, he is best known in England for the controversial free-kick that effectively ended England's chances of qualifying for the 1994 World Cup.

He won the European Cup with Ajax and Barcelona, as well as the 1988 European Championship with the Netherlands.

Irish Independent

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