Zoals we allemaal weten gaat Ronald Koeman samen met zijn broer Erwin aan de slag bij Southampton FC. Een prachtige club in de Engelse premier division. Maar wat vinden de supporters van Southampton FC zelf nu van die benoeming? Wij vroegen het Chris Rann van georgeweahscousin.com
Is Ronald Koeman a known name in England or in Southampton?
Of course, though he is mainly remembered for bringing down David Platt and not being sent off, then scoring a free kick which meant England didn’t qualify for the 1994 World Cup, but I can forgive him now. We knew how good a player he was but his reputation as a coach is less known.
Was he your first choice and do the supporters share that opinion with you?
He certainly was. There many names linked with the job, most of them pretty unappealing, the likes of Steve Bruce, Steve McLaren and Tim Sherwood struck fear into Saints fans. As soon as Koeman’s name was mentioned he was the one the supporters wanted, almost unanimously.
How did the supporters respond to the announcement that Ronald Koeman is the new manager for Southampton?
With a great sense of relief. We’ve known for sometime that he was likely to sign, but with the future of the star players and some of the less attractive managers to be linked it was a weight of our shoulders to see Ronald holding the red and white striped scarf.
There has been some doubt as to the ambition of the Saints board over the last few months, but I think in appointing Koeman any worry is gone. This is an appointment that means Southampton are still looking to improve.
What do you expect from Ronald Koeman and his brother Erwin? Are they able to satisfy your expectations?
The key is to continue progressing. We like nice attacking football and of course good results, but our expectations aren’t ridiculous. We can’t compete with Manchester United and Chelsea in reality but we can be the ‘best of the rest’. If Koeman and his team can push for European qualification it would be a massive bonus, but steady progression is good enough for us at the moment.
We produce fantastic youth players. As long as they embrace that and continue the steady ris the club has been on, Ronald Koeman and his brother could find themselves worshipped at St. Mary’s.
Do you know any players from Feyenoord and if so, which Feyenoord player do you want to join Southampton next season?
I’m no expert, but some names are already being linked with Saints. Graziano Pelle looks to have a good goal record, and I was impressed by de Vrij in the World Cup demolition of Spain. Saints need a striker and a centre half certainly. Those two would do nicely!