Ronald Koeman takes empty Southampton manager role
Ex-Feyenoord manager Ronald Koeman confirmed as Mauricio Pochettino successor
Former Netherlands international Ronald Koeman has put pen to paper to sign a one year deal at St. Mary's. He replaces the now Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino and vows to bring success to the club.
Koeman, 51, resigned from his Feyenoord job in May after leading them to a 2nd place finish under champions Ajax.
Original talks between Koeman and Southampton had broken down due to the confirmed departures of Shaw, Lallana, Lambert and Lovren that had been made by Pochettino before his departure.
However terms have finally been reached after Saints owner Katharina Liebherr had promised that part of the £78 million would be made available to him.
When asked by Voetball, Koeman showed his disappointment in the Southampton board, and Pochettino for allowing the departures of what he thought were Southampton's four best players.
"Nou het is natuurlijk een grote schande in het zien Southamptoons belangrijke spelers gaan, en het zal schudden Southampton een hoop, maar hopelijk met het beschikbare geld, kan ik de planken visie mijn eigen fufill, en ook door het ontwikkelen van de nieuwe sterren door de Southampton rangen, als dat is wat Southampton het beste in zijn."
Rumors suggest that Southampton were close to announcing Fulham boss Felix Magarth as their new manager, but Koeman was always the favored choice due to his desire to play attractive football and to develop players through their ranks, which fitted the Southampton criteria.
Old boys Koeman and Laudrup signing for Spanish Giants Barcelona in 1989.
His honors as a player include winning the 1988 European Championship with the Dutch national team, the European Cup, and now the Champions League with PSV Eindhoven in 1988 and Barcelona in 1992 as well as domestic league titles in the Netherlands and Spain.
He played 763 games for club and country, scoring 253 goals, including the winner for Barcelona against Sampdoria in the 1992 European Cup final at Wembley.
His managerial career has taken in spells at Vitesse, Ajax, Benfica, PSV, Valencia and AZ Alkmaar, before he joined Feyenoord in July 2011.