Former Southampton manager Mark Wotte believes Ronald Koeman would be a "perfect" fit at the club, having met with St Mary's officials this week

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Former Saints boss Mark Wotte believes fellow Dutchman Ronald Koeman would be a “perfect” fit as the club’s new manager.

The 51-year-old outgoing Feyenoord boss is a serious contender to replace Mauricio Pochettino at St Mary’s, after the Argentine quit to join Tottenham last week.

Koeman is believed to have met with officials from Saints on Monday to discuss the position, although he is not the only candiidate the club are expected to speak with.

Wotte, who managed Saints during the 2008/09 campaign, believes Koeman, who remains the odds-on favourite with the bookies, would be an excellent choice.

“In my opinion, Ronald Koeman is perfect for Southampton for several reasons,” he said.

“He has a great CV as a player, winning the 1988 European Championship with Holland and the Champions League with Barcelona.

“But he has also managed PSV, Ajax and Feyenoord, as well as Valencia and Benfica abroad, so he is a very experienced coach.”

Wotte, who is currently the Scottish Football Association’s performance director, believes Koeman would bring a similar footballing philosophy to that of Pochettino, while he would also be willing to promote players from the academy system.

“As a Dutch manager, he is always used to playing ‘the Dutch way’, with high pressure, a passing style and a positive approach, playing to win and not always playing not to lose,” he said.

“His last job at Feyenoord was initially a big challenge, as a lack of funds forced him to work with ‘the kids’, but most of them now are selected in the 23-man squad for Holland and also qualifying for the Champions League first phase – a great achievement for the Feyenoord academy, but also for the talent management skills of Ronald Koeman.

“Knowing Southampton and St Mary’s personally, he would be an excellent choice.”

One of Koeman’s biggest influences is Johan Cruyff, having played in his famous Barcelona team from 1989 to 1995, winning the European Cup in 1992.

The centre-half, who was capped 78 times by his country, moved into management after hanging up his boots, working as an assistant with the national team and then Barcelona.

His first manager’s job came at Vittesse Arnhem, leading them to a sixth-place finish in the 2000/01 Eredivisie, before moving to Ajax.

He won the domestic double in his first season there, finished as runners-up in the next campaign, and then regained the league title in 2003/04.

He left in 2005, as PSV regained status as top dogs, then joined Portuguese side Benfica.

Koeman spent a fairly unsuccessful year there, before taking up the reins at PSV.

Again, he lasted just one full season, before joining Valencia, although he did deliver an Eredivisie title before his departure.

In Spain, he won the Copa del Rey, but Valencia’s league form proved poor, with the club parting company with Koeman in April 2008.

A brief, unsuccessful stint with AZ Alkmaar then followed.

In 2011, though, Koeman arrived at Feyenoord, reviving the ailing club.

Having finished tenth in the Eredivisie the season before he arrived, Koeman led Feyenoord to second place in his first campaign – their best result in 11 years.

They then came third in 2012/13, before finishing as runners-up to Ajax last term.

Koeman announced in February that he would leave the club this summer, when his contract expired.

Former Swansea boss Michael Laudrup, another name who might fit the bill, does not look to be in the frame.

In an interview in his homeland, the Dane has said he will take time out of the game until an opportunity with a really big club comes along.

Previous bookies’ favourite Murat Yakin is not thought to have been approached.

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10:56pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

Not altogether sure about this but whoever is appointed will get my support.
Not altogether sure about this but whoever is appointed will get my support. Strasbourg Saint
  • Score: 18

11:01pm Tue 3 Jun 14

InCortesewetrust says...

I voted no,
I voted no, InCortesewetrust
  • Score: -27

11:02pm Tue 3 Jun 14

fritzer says...

One good saeson with the Saints, and a top six club with a swag of dosh will come along and "sniff him out" so doe's it really matter who we get, there must be some one around the footballing traps that has got Saints in their blood who really cares and puts Saints before money,.just .wishing !!!
One good saeson with the Saints, and a top six club with a swag of dosh will come along and "sniff him out" so doe's it really matter who we get, there must be some one around the footballing traps that has got Saints in their blood who really cares and puts Saints before money,.just .wishing !!! fritzer
  • Score: 16

11:02pm Tue 3 Jun 14

isolated saint says...

IF he were to get the job, being a defender would be good. Question is who else is in the frame?
IF he were to get the job, being a defender would be good. Question is who else is in the frame? isolated saint
  • Score: 2

11:03pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Spudsaint says...

Well if the Board do go with Koeman let's hope it works out better than the last time we were offered Dutch 'total football'. That whole period with Wotte and Portaloo (or whatever his name was) at the helm still gives me nightmares.
Well if the Board do go with Koeman let's hope it works out better than the last time we were offered Dutch 'total football'. That whole period with Wotte and Portaloo (or whatever his name was) at the helm still gives me nightmares. Spudsaint
  • Score: 12

11:16pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Saintly Sam says...

Koeman is a big name in European football, he can attract quality players and investment, whether his style will work for the Saints and the Premier league is another matter, but that would be the same with any manager, we took a gamble on MoPo, and he worked out OK, so on that basis I voted yes.
Koeman is a big name in European football, he can attract quality players and investment, whether his style will work for the Saints and the Premier league is another matter, but that would be the same with any manager, we took a gamble on MoPo, and he worked out OK, so on that basis I voted yes. Saintly Sam
  • Score: 21

11:26pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Block 42 says...

Spudsaint wrote:
Well if the Board do go with Koeman let's hope it works out better than the last time we were offered Dutch 'total football'. That whole period with Wotte and Portaloo (or whatever his name was) at the helm still gives me nightmares.
yeah good point bit different back then though because we had to sell all our best players and use the kids.hang on a minute...
[quote][p][bold]Spudsaint[/bold] wrote: Well if the Board do go with Koeman let's hope it works out better than the last time we were offered Dutch 'total football'. That whole period with Wotte and Portaloo (or whatever his name was) at the helm still gives me nightmares.[/p][/quote]yeah good point bit different back then though because we had to sell all our best players and use the kids.hang on a minute... Block 42
  • Score: 12

11:38pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Littleton-Saint says...

It's all right being asked to vote on Koeman, but who are the other candidates - if the D.E. were any good, it would have contacts and know.
It's all right being asked to vote on Koeman, but who are the other candidates - if the D.E. were any good, it would have contacts and know. Littleton-Saint
  • Score: 4

11:43pm Tue 3 Jun 14

IOAD says...

Ted Bates, he's an icon, and Lawrie McMenemy - my son Lawrence takes his name. Nuff said. Chris Nichol, hugely underrated in retrospect. And Alan Ball, God rest his soul. I met him once and shook his hand. Icons all. Then there's Alan Pardew, like a bag of hammers as it turned out, Nigel Adkins, he'll be remembered, but who was caretaker after Branfoot got sacked? Was it Iain Dowie? Or am I getting confused. We played Coventry and he scored. A penalty was it? Why does the internet not have everything by now.... not Branfoot though. He can be a Reading icon, if he likes, and not Harry Redknapp either. Poch... hey?... a Saints icon! All of them are icons. There was a steward in the nineties who used to walk up and down behind the goal in the Milton Road 3nd. He had a bushy moustache. We used to call him Marshal Rolf. I'm not sure why. He was a legend. And the man in the West Stand who used to shout put 'Mick Mills!' for no apparent reason, and the wagtails that used to come down to the pitch when the play was at the other end, and the fat fellow who used to man the burger bar... they are all icons and they will never be forgotten.
Ted Bates, he's an icon, and Lawrie McMenemy - my son Lawrence takes his name. Nuff said. Chris Nichol, hugely underrated in retrospect. And Alan Ball, God rest his soul. I met him once and shook his hand. Icons all. Then there's Alan Pardew, like a bag of hammers as it turned out, Nigel Adkins, he'll be remembered, but who was caretaker after Branfoot got sacked? Was it Iain Dowie? Or am I getting confused. We played Coventry and he scored. A penalty was it? Why does the internet not have everything by now.... not Branfoot though. He can be a Reading icon, if he likes, and not Harry Redknapp either. Poch... hey?... a Saints icon! All of them are icons. There was a steward in the nineties who used to walk up and down behind the goal in the Milton Road 3nd. He had a bushy moustache. We used to call him Marshal Rolf. I'm not sure why. He was a legend. And the man in the West Stand who used to shout put 'Mick Mills!' for no apparent reason, and the wagtails that used to come down to the pitch when the play was at the other end, and the fat fellow who used to man the burger bar... they are all icons and they will never be forgotten. IOAD
  • Score: 14

12:13am Wed 4 Jun 14

insane saint says...

Give us strength and give us hope we pray in the chapel and the good will prevail. COYS we will get it right and the saints will march again. The bus is on the ramps at the mo undergoing a service once done it will be all abord the saints ride to the top. Ding ding.
Give us strength and give us hope we pray in the chapel and the good will prevail. COYS we will get it right and the saints will march again. The bus is on the ramps at the mo undergoing a service once done it will be all abord the saints ride to the top. Ding ding. insane saint
  • Score: 4

12:26am Wed 4 Jun 14

FindAndDestroy says...

His CV speaks volume, and I have got feelings about this one....

Having worked with big clubs, he seems respectable, he is the type that can not just attract but also retain world class players...

It's Yes for me....

We really want to have something to look forward to next season...

Please don't go for some cheap and inexperience manager......
His CV speaks volume, and I have got feelings about this one.... Having worked with big clubs, he seems respectable, he is the type that can not just attract but also retain world class players... It's Yes for me.... We really want to have something to look forward to next season... Please don't go for some cheap and inexperience manager...... FindAndDestroy
  • Score: 10

1:37am Wed 4 Jun 14

deepheat says...

I voted yes because I looked up his credentials. I don't think Saints will be interviewing six people. I reckon this is a done deal. I hope so. Read on.

"Managers usually don’t get big, emotional goodbyes – especially not in the heart of Rotterdam, where even the most popular and biggest managers left with conflicts. It was in this context that the farewell of Ronald Koeman at Feyenoord was such a historical moment. He might be the first manager in decennia who will actually be missed in Rotterdam. But why?

When Koeman was brought in during the summer of 2011, the club was in ruins. After the worst season in the club’s history, finishing tenth in the Eredivisie with a team lacking in quality. And this is where Koeman and Feyenoord met, in their mutual desire to once again rise to glory, to shake of their chains of unsuccessful spells. His arrival at Feyenoord was surrounded by scepticism. In the background, fans fought a prolonged, hard battle with the board about the financial position of the club, but three years later, Koeman is seen as a phenomenal manager, stating at his farewell that “once a Feyenoorder, you’ll always be a Feyenoorder”. He got his applause, he got his farewell, and he even got a guard of honour. And yes, he definitely deserved it. With the fourth highest budget in Dutch football yet no money to spend in the transfer market, the club finished second twice in three years under Koeman, only to be beaten on goal difference for second place in the other season. That is a huge achievement, especially if you consider the lack of investment in the squad and that most of the starting XI are home grown players from the club’s successful academy Varkenoord, which has won the award for best youth academy five seasons in a row.

Jordy Clasie, Bruno Martins Indi, Stefan de Vrij, Terece Kongolo, Tonny Vilhena and Jean Paul Boëtius – they all rose to glory under Koeman’s spell at Feyenoord and they all made it into the national team. Of course, Koeman got lucky that both strikers the club brought in on loan (John Guidetti and Graziano Pelle) turned out to be great goalscorers, but Koeman identified these, he developed the youth players and he led the club back to the pinnacle. He did not win any title or trophy - something he had done at each of his previous clubs bar Vitesse – but giving Feyenoord and its supporters back their pride is the biggest achievement Koeman accomplished as a manager.

Thanks to Wembley76 for the link.
http://www.benefoot.
net/koeman-gave-feye
noord-its-pride-back
/
I voted yes because I looked up his credentials. I don't think Saints will be interviewing six people. I reckon this is a done deal. I hope so. Read on. "Managers usually don’t get big, emotional goodbyes – especially not in the heart of Rotterdam, where even the most popular and biggest managers left with conflicts. It was in this context that the farewell of Ronald Koeman at Feyenoord was such a historical moment. He might be the first manager in decennia who will actually be missed in Rotterdam. But why? When Koeman was brought in during the summer of 2011, the club was in ruins. After the worst season in the club’s history, finishing tenth in the Eredivisie with a team lacking in quality. And this is where Koeman and Feyenoord met, in their mutual desire to once again rise to glory, to shake of their chains of unsuccessful spells. His arrival at Feyenoord was surrounded by scepticism. In the background, fans fought a prolonged, hard battle with the board about the financial position of the club, but three years later, Koeman is seen as a phenomenal manager, stating at his farewell that “once a Feyenoorder, you’ll always be a Feyenoorder”. He got his applause, he got his farewell, and he even got a guard of honour. And yes, he definitely deserved it. With the fourth highest budget in Dutch football yet no money to spend in the transfer market, the club finished second twice in three years under Koeman, only to be beaten on goal difference for second place in the other season. That is a huge achievement, especially if you consider the lack of investment in the squad and that most of the starting XI are home grown players from the club’s successful academy Varkenoord, which has won the award for best youth academy five seasons in a row. Jordy Clasie, Bruno Martins Indi, Stefan de Vrij, Terece Kongolo, Tonny Vilhena and Jean Paul Boëtius – they all rose to glory under Koeman’s spell at Feyenoord and they all made it into the national team. Of course, Koeman got lucky that both strikers the club brought in on loan (John Guidetti and Graziano Pelle) turned out to be great goalscorers, but Koeman identified these, he developed the youth players and he led the club back to the pinnacle. He did not win any title or trophy - something he had done at each of his previous clubs bar Vitesse – but giving Feyenoord and its supporters back their pride is the biggest achievement Koeman accomplished as a manager. Thanks to Wembley76 for the link. http://www.benefoot. net/koeman-gave-feye noord-its-pride-back / deepheat
  • Score: 10

1:57am Wed 4 Jun 14

Graham, North of Watford says...

It's true, what someone said earlier. You get a feeling and I feel that he'll be fine for us.

I;m old enough to remember his name and watch im play and that adds to his credentials.

Careful what I say here but, being Dutch, he will speak perfect English and I don't want to labour the point but that will give me real pleasure.

Picking up the language, the tone, the phrasing and all those other subtleties will be a real pleasure and, JUST FOR ONCE, lets have an open, HONEST Manager who has the wish and the b*lls to speak to us directly and tell us how it is.
It's true, what someone said earlier. You get a feeling and I feel that he'll be fine for us. I;m old enough to remember his name and watch im play and that adds to his credentials. Careful what I say here but, being Dutch, he will speak perfect English and I don't want to labour the point but that will give me real pleasure. Picking up the language, the tone, the phrasing and all those other subtleties will be a real pleasure and, JUST FOR ONCE, lets have an open, HONEST Manager who has the wish and the b*lls to speak to us directly and tell us how it is. Graham, North of Watford
  • Score: 4

2:51am Wed 4 Jun 14

Jan28th1984 says...

Yea - got a good feeling about this one
Yea - got a good feeling about this one Jan28th1984
  • Score: 1

4:09am Wed 4 Jun 14

The Rise of The Foot Soldier. says...

KEEN to get a new Manager on Board to settle the SHIP and stop our Players leaving on mass. Also to target and get more signings in our light squad.

The situation was not helped with the TIMING of the Board letting rickie go - when some Players saw this a Green Light to be OFF.

Disappointed if Reports are true abour Luke and Adam - playing for ENGLAND has not had the positive effect we all hoped and Roy will say anything at this stage to motivate and get the best out of his Players.

GOOD THAT ECHO has not started yet another Thread about how rthe Fans should not begrudge rickie his move. COYR
KEEN to get a new Manager on Board to settle the SHIP and stop our Players leaving on mass. Also to target and get more signings in our light squad. The situation was not helped with the TIMING of the Board letting rickie go - when some Players saw this a Green Light to be OFF. Disappointed if Reports are true abour Luke and Adam - playing for ENGLAND has not had the positive effect we all hoped and Roy will say anything at this stage to motivate and get the best out of his Players. GOOD THAT ECHO has not started yet another Thread about how rthe Fans should not begrudge rickie his move. COYR The Rise of The Foot Soldier.
  • Score: 2

4:47am Wed 4 Jun 14

Rooflas says...

We need a manager ASAP..... The last ginger wasn't too bad!
We need a manager ASAP..... The last ginger wasn't too bad! Rooflas
  • Score: 2

6:43am Wed 4 Jun 14

SodburySaint93 says...

Anybody got any ideas who else may be interviewed ?
It would appear from this story that Yakin and Laudrup are not in the frame and I can't really see Benitez coming here.
I don't think Koeman is a bad shout but have not voted as there is no other contender to base opinion on.
Anybody got any ideas who else may be interviewed ? It would appear from this story that Yakin and Laudrup are not in the frame and I can't really see Benitez coming here. I don't think Koeman is a bad shout but have not voted as there is no other contender to base opinion on. SodburySaint93
  • Score: 0

7:23am Wed 4 Jun 14

pitbull says...

SodburySaint93 wrote:
Anybody got any ideas who else may be interviewed ?
It would appear from this story that Yakin and Laudrup are not in the frame and I can't really see Benitez coming here.
I don't think Koeman is a bad shout but have not voted as there is no other contender to base opinion on.
Hopefully not Martin Hunter.
[quote][p][bold]SodburySaint93[/bold] wrote: Anybody got any ideas who else may be interviewed ? It would appear from this story that Yakin and Laudrup are not in the frame and I can't really see Benitez coming here. I don't think Koeman is a bad shout but have not voted as there is no other contender to base opinion on.[/p][/quote]Hopefully not Martin Hunter. pitbull
  • Score: 0

8:31am Wed 4 Jun 14

mickey01 says...

InCortesewetrust wrote:
I voted no,
If he is to be the one lets get him in quick before any more player unrest creeps in. these things are normally done and dusted before the y reach the papers so hopefully it is close to being a done deal
[quote][p][bold]InCortesewetrust[/bold] wrote: I voted no,[/p][/quote]If he is to be the one lets get him in quick before any more player unrest creeps in. these things are normally done and dusted before the y reach the papers so hopefully it is close to being a done deal mickey01
  • Score: 1

8:33am Wed 4 Jun 14

mickey01 says...

as long as wotte aint sniffing around for a backroom job
as long as wotte aint sniffing around for a backroom job mickey01
  • Score: 0

9:43am Wed 4 Jun 14

jls217 says...

Happy with whoever we get as long as he's professional enough to see through the contract. Koeman has all the attributes required of a Saints manager though and seems to have operated in the Dutch league having to adhere to the Saints modus operandi.
Happy with whoever we get as long as he's professional enough to see through the contract. Koeman has all the attributes required of a Saints manager though and seems to have operated in the Dutch league having to adhere to the Saints modus operandi. jls217
  • Score: 0

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