Debenham beats Koeman to Saints jobhttp://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Sport/Pix/columnists/2009/6/23/1245716210370/Southampton-FC-001.jpg
Southampton officials have today indicated that a U-turn has been made in the replacement for recently departing Mauricio Pochettino who left for Tottenham. Instead of appointing Ronald Koeman, they have appointed an unexperienced but highly qualified coach in Lloyd Debenham.
Debenham is one of the few English coaches who have their Continental Pro Licence and Southampton's keenness with English players has now been transferred to their manager as well. The newly appointed coach will forfill the role of Head Coach, meaning he will be a regular on the training pitch.
When speaking to Sky Sports reporter Gary Cotterill, he told us: "To be appointed Head Coach at a club like Southampton is what some coaches dream of and I am grateful to be in such a position"
"I'm an ambitious coach" Debenham continued, "and I want to achieve big things here at Southampton. Last season we proved what we're capable of and even though key players such as Luke [Shaw], Rickie [Lambert] and Adam [Lallana] have departed. If we can group and gain chemistry within the team early, than we could achieve unbelievable things"
Debenham's first job is to integrate his style of play and bring in any players he feels will help benefit the squad. His first league game in charge is away at Liverpool.