Vital Football

Latest Southampton FC News

Koeman Wants To Keep Squad Together

Koeman Wants To Keep Squad Together

Newly installed manager Ronald Koeman has said he knows that he and the club will do everything they can to keep those players often linked with moves away this summer.

Following the departure of Rickie Lambert to Liverpool, the futures of Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana and Morgan Schneiderlin have all been in doubt owing the press reports, and although still not confirmed, it's been said that Dejan Lovren has submitted a formal transfer request as well this summer.

Our new 51 year old boss certainly has his work cut out for him in keeping those players, should the rumours prove to be in anyway true.

Speaking to saintsfc as he entered his first official day as our new manager, the former Dutch international defender said.

'I've read about the history of the club and they've made good movements in the last few years into the Premier League. The club has changed a lot. Last season was a fantastic season for the club and we'd like to continue that using the philosophy with young players with a lot of ambition that I as coach also share.'

Part of that Koeman accepts is first dealing with the issues and speculation that surrounds certain players, and he's more than aware of what has been written and reportedly said, as he has done his homework as you would expect.

'I read some things about the squad and I've seen the rumours about players. I think the club and I will do everything to keep the best players but the final decision will be with the club.'

As we move closer to pre season now, he says he already knows about the players we have on our playing staff, and he's been watching DVD's of them, and reading information about them so he can be as best prepared for day one of pre season training as he can be, but he appreciates that can only tell him so much, he has to get among the group before he can really know them as players and men.

'The only way to know players is by starting training on the pitch and it's easier for me to see the qualities of the squad here. In general, my first impression is very positive.'

Whilst our new gaffer can speak four languages, he admits his grasp of English at the minute is 'not so perfect' but he has of course now spent a significant amount of time in Spain and Portugal, so as he continues learning about the club, he will also be settling into life in the country and brushing up on his English.

Whilst he has a transition himself, his ambitions for the club and the progress he wants to make, won't be held back.

'The plan is to continue what we've done and maybe to reach something more, by winning prizes and maybe on day to play in European cups. I think that has to be the next steps for Southampton and we will do that which is important to everybody.'

Vital Saints on: facebook

Vital Saints on: twitter

Join Vital Saints

Join The Vital Debate



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Vital Saint
Date:Tuesday June 17 2014
Time: 3:11PM

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Whyte Wins on US Debut

Recent Southampton Articles

Southampton v Wolves - Team Sheets - 23-8-17

Southampton are at St Mary's with Wolves the visitors for the latest League Cup game.

Southampton v Wolves - Follow On Twitter - 23-8-17

Southampton are at St Mary's with Wolves the visitors today, this will be a 7:45pm kick-off.

Safe Standing - The Time For You To Act Is Now!

The EFL supports safe standing, the FA chairman wants it and the EPL clubs are discussing it. After many years of campaigning, we are almost at the point where...

Southampton Complete Wesley Hoedt Capture

Late yesterday evening Southampton confirmed the arrival of Lazio centre half Wesley Hoedt.

Archived Vital Saints Articles

Vital Saints articles from

Site Journalists

SFC Forever
no email
Profile
Vital Saint
Editor email
Profile
Matt Gardner
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

League Cup - Wolves MotM
Suggested By:
Forster 0%
Pied 0%
Yoshida 0%
Bednarek 0%
McQueen 0%
Romeu 0%
Stephens 0%
Ward-Prowse 0%
Tadic 0%
Boufal 0%
Austin0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Southampton Results (view all)

Southampton Fixtures (view all)

The Vital Football Members League