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Sunday 21 September 2014

Southampton announce Ronald Koeman as their new manager

Published 16/06/2014 | 16:17

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

Southampton have appointed Ronald Koeman as manager on a three-year contract.

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Koeman is joined at St Mary's by his older brother Erwin, who has been named assistant first team manager, and Jan Kluitenberg, who will be an assistant and a fitness coach.

The former Dutch international replaces Mauricio Pochettino, who left for Tottenham last month.

Southampton executive director Les Reed said in a statement: "From the moment we met with Ronald, it was clear he had the vision and ambition to take our club forward, that he shared our football philosophy and could see the opportunity to move our club to the next level.

"The club, the players and the fans will all be excited to have a man of Ronald's experience at the very highest level joining our club.

"Ronald's passion for the opportunity here at St Mary's was very clear, and we look forward to continuing our growth with him as part of our team."

Koeman arrives following a three-year spell at Feyenoord, who he led to consecutive top-three finished in the Eredivisie.

He has also won the Dutch title with both Ajax and PSV Eindhoven, the Copa del Rey at Valencia and coached Vitesse, Benfica and AZ Alkmaar during a 14-year managerial career.

Koeman comes with a reputation for an attacking brand of football and a commitment to promoting young talent which will sit well with Southampton who have nurtured the likes of Gareth Bale, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers in recent seasons.

Koeman said: "I am thrilled to be the manager of Southampton Football Club.

"From my very first meeting with Les Reed, I could see clearly that this was the right club for me. We share the same philosophy of football, and the same belief in how to develop the club.

"Southampton have a talented first-team squad, a world-class academy and the infrastructure to sustain success in the Premier League.

"The opportunity to continue the development of this famous football club was simply too good to turn down. I cannot wait to get started."

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RONALD KOEMAN FACTFILE

1963: Born March 21 in Zaandam, Netherlands.

1980: Makes professional debut for Groningen.

1982: Makes Holland debut, winning the first of 82 caps.

1983: Joins Ajax and wins the title in his first season.

1986: Leaves Amsterdam to sign for PSV Eindhoven.

1989: After picking up three Eredivisie titles, signs for Barcelona.

1993: Involved in famous flashpoint against England when he fouls David Platt in a vital World Cup Qualifier, spawning Graham Taylor's infamous "do I not like that" rant.

1995: Leaves Spain with four La Liga titles and a European Cup. Signs for Feyenoord.

1997: Retires as a player with 193 goals to his name, despite playing mainly as a defender.

1998: Joins Holland coaching staff for World Cup.

2001: Takes over as Ajax manager and wins the double in his first season and the league two seasons later.

2005: Resigns at Ajax to take over at Benfica but leaves after a year for PSV.

2007: Wins the league with PSV but quits for Valencia after a year. Wins the Copa del Rey but leaves his post within five days of that.

2009: Takes over at AZ Alkmaar but is sacked after seven defeats out of 16.

2011: Goes back to his final club, Feyenoord, leaving of his own accord after three seasons.

2014: Appointed Southampton manager on a three-year contract.

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