Southampton name Ronald Koeman as new boss
Southampton have joined Manchester United in going Dutch by appointing Ronald Koeman as their new manager.
The former Feyenoord boss, who left the Eredivisie club at the end of last season to pursue other ambitions, will take the post vacated by new Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino on a three-year contract.
Known during his playing days as an attacking defender with a thunderous free-kick, the ex-Barcelona player will bring a commitment to offensive football and youth to Southampton, who have developed youngsters like Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Luke Shaw in recent years.
Koeman's older brother Erwin has been appointed as assistant while Jan Kluitenberg will double up and serve as assistant first team coach and physical coach.
One of Koeman's first tasks will be to stop a projected exodus from the club's ranks, with many of the club's top performers linked with moves following the Saints' impressive English Premier League campaign last season.
The 51-year-old said: "The opportunity to continue the development of this famous football club was simply too good to turn down. I cannot wait to get started."
Sources: Reuters, Southampton FC official homepage, The Guardian