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Southampton have already played some pre-season friendlies in the Netherlands against FC Groningen and Feyenoord (both 3-0 victories). The difference between the Saints and those two clubs was crystal clear. Which is not that strange based on their budget and that of Groningen & Feyenoord writes Martijn Hilhorst. Unfortunately for Vitesse, they are not that different from the teams who were already beat by Ronald Koeman’s men. The ‘Arnhemmers’ did have a great season with superb tactician Peter Bosz as their manager, but they did took a big hit this transfer window. Losing Marco Vejinovic and Davy Pröpper to Feyenoord and PSV respectively while first choice striker Bertrand Traoré returned to Chelsea after a loan spell at the Dutch outfit. Apparently, Chelsea was highly satisfied with the cooperation with Vitesse, because they have send Nathan, Lewis Baker, Izzy Brown & Danlio Pantic all on loan to ‘FC Hollywood aan de Rijn’ for the upcoming season.

One of the players who played wonderfully in both matches was Dusan Tadic. The Serbian playmaker played for FC Groningen and FC Twente in the Eredivisie before making the move abroad. He’s well known in the Netherlands, which could come in handy when Vitesse are facing him and ten other Southampton players this Thursday. It’s safe to say that Tadic is one of Saints’ key players; on the other side, we have a very similar player in Valeri Qazaishvili. The Georgian playmaker really showed his potential last season (he was our number 12 in #TDFTop50). ‘Vako’ now has the burden on his shoulder to take control at midfield with his fellow colleagues Vejinovic and Pröpper leaving.

Koeman has already stated in Dutch media that his side are favourites for the double confrontation with his former club Vitesse, because ‘Southampton are better in every aspect than Vitesse, especially when it comes to physique’. While we at TDF would love to see every Dutch club succeed, we do not expect that Vitesse will qualify for the next round as the Saints are basically too good to conquer. Thankfully, we can also ‘cheer’ for ‘The Saints’, who are the proud owners of the Eredivisie finest footballers we have produced over the last couple of seasons.


Date: 30-7-2015 (20.05PM UK Time) UK TV: BT Sport 1 Stadium: St Mary’s (SOLD OUT; 32.500 fans, 1.500 from Vitesse) Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano Assistants: Angel Nevado Rodríguez / José Miranda Fourth Official: Santiago Jaime

Probable Line-Ups

Southampton (4-2-3-1): Stekelenburg, Soares, Yoshida, Fonte, Targett; Wanyama, Clasie; Mané, Davis, Tadic; Pellè

Vitesse (4-3-3): Room; Diks, Kashia, Leerdam, Achenteh; Baker, Vako, Nakamba; Brown, Durjdjevic, Oliinyk.


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How Koeman’s Dutch revolution has possibly changed Southampton forever

It was 16th June 2014, Southampton Football club appoint Dutch legend, free scoring former Dutch international centre back Ronald Koeman as manager after he left Feyenoord at the end of a three year stint, where he managed to guide the Rotterdam side to two second place finishes and one third place finish, becoming a fan favourite in the process. Little did he know what would lie ahead writes Max Griffin.

After The Saints managed back to back promotions to rejoin England’s elite, finishing 14th and then eighth in alternating seasons under the guide of the cold and calculated Nicola Cortese the signs were looking good – ‘little Southampton’ were on the up. Steadily the club were writing off their debt, left from the financial crisis at the club that landed them with a ten point deduction and in League One (England’s third tier). However, slowly but surely they were re-finding there feet in the Premier League, a division they were in for 27 years consecutively before being relegated in 2005. The eighth place finish the club managed at the end of the 2013/14 season under the guide of Argentine coach Mauricio Pochettino showed that the club’s progression under Cortese was ongoing. The South-coast side jumping six places from the 2012/13 season where Pochettino had come in to steer the club from the threat of relegation, (replacing fan favourite Nigel Adkins to wide criticism), speculation was rife and rightly so.

Finishing eighth was one off a Europa League qualification place and players such as Dejan Lovren, Jay Rodriguez and Morgan Schneiderlin were all touted as targets for clubs bigger than Southampton, such as Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal. As if this wasnt bad enough speculation was begging to mount that Cortese, the man who Southampton supposedly owed their regained Premier League status too was once again dropping hints he may leave the club, with Pochettino likely to follow suit. Cortese was spouting that he would leave the club if he was not allowed more control over the day to day running of the club from owner Katharina Liebherr, including more money for transfers. An agreement was not reached and on the 15th January 2014, Southampton accepted Cortese’s resignation, and so began the clubs famous ‘meltdown’.

Just days after Cortese’s resignation, Pochettino was fielding questions about his future at the club, as in the 2012/13 season he said he did not see a future at the club without Cortese, his direct quote being ‘me on a personal sense, I would not understand a Southampton without Nicola being here’ – he refused to answer directly to questions about his future, saying that he would play out the season and talk to the board when all was done. On the 27th May 2014, Pochettino was unveiled as manager of Tottenham Hotspur. The two most influential men at the club who all the players signed and played for, were gone. Instantly speculation arose with the Saints players being linked with new clubs left, right and centre, the club was in free-fall. Something needed to happen and fast.

Up steps Ronald Koeman with his brother Erwin as his assistant (the first time the Dutch legends had worked together in the dugout), signing a three-year deal, it was just the lift the club needed, a big name in football with a reputation. Early signs were positive, with Koeman and the clubs new director Les Reed speaking positively about keeping the current squad together and building from the top half finish they had the season before, but in the modern game players have all the power.

Despite their efforts one by one the Southampton exodus began, young left-back Luke Shaw signing for Manchester United, captain Adam Lallana signing for Liverpool, along with Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren. All in all, the Saints lost five of their key players, making over £90 million in the process – Koeman was not deterred. With the club being touted for relegation back to the Championship and having a miserable season to follow their even more miserable summer, things looked bleak. The famous Koeman brothers had a big task on their hands, and a rebuilding task that scared even the shrewdest of operators.

Koeman acted fast, blocking a move for Morgan Schneiderlin to follow Pochettino to Tottenham, the news coming from the club was that the selling was over, now it was time to rebuild, in the Dutchman’s image.  Investing the transfer money straight back into the squad, which was vastly depleted of resources. In came the cavalry, with the club making a string of big money signings, to match the new direction the club wanted to go in. First in from the Eredivisie came attacking playmaker Dusan Tadic (one of the league’s hottest properties) from FC Twente, and from Koeman’s former club Feyenoord – Graziano Pelle. Two players who understood wholly Koeman’s footballing philosophy and style, the fans were beginning to be won over and believe not everything was bleak.

Following Tadic and Pelle came Fraser Forster, Florin Gardoș, Shane Long, Ryan Bertrand, Sadio Mane and most importantly Belgian international Toby Alderweireld – a ball playing centre back, schooled in Ajax who played the Dutch way. As a signing it was a massive statement of intent that Southampton where looking to improve, despite their summer of turmoil Southampton seemed to have a well rounded squad, that was in fact stronger than last season’s and was capable of at least staying up.

The players that had been brought in, proved Koeman was looking to stick to his principles of building from the back, bringing in three defenders and a goalkeeper. He was moulding his squad to be flexible, playing a 4-2-3-1 formation with attacking full backs and aggressive ball playing centre midfielder’s sitting in front of the defence, his philosophy was to play attractive, passing football, the Dutch way as he was taught by mentor and former manager Johan Cruyff. He wanted a side who could play out from the back, but mix it up and be hard when needed to be. The combination worked. From early on in the season everyone could see what Koeman was trying to do and that he was not far off from creating a real force in the English game.

The season started of with a 2-1 loss away to Liverpool, the side who had poached three of Southampton’s key players from last season. The remaining players had something to prove. Despite the loss, they were impressive – pressing Liverpool, having much of the possession, the goal coming from neat passing in and around the Liverpool box when a Tadic backheel through the legs of Lovren opened up the defence, on ran Nathaniel Clyne from right back to rifle home a finish into the top corner. The goal epitomized everything Koeman was trying to achieve, attractive passing football, with attacking full backs looking to cause havoc in the oppositions half. Despite the loss, the Southampton players could hold there heads high, knowing if they carried on in this vain that they would be okay.

After the loss to Liverpool came a 0-0 draw at home to West Brom, then everything clicked. On came a six-game winning streak. Solid at the back, free scoring in attack, a 4-0 win over Newcastle and most notably a 2-1 away win to Arsenal in the Capital One cup where Koeman’s men were particularly impressive. They have carried on in a similar vain all season, including beating Sunderland by a massive 8-0 at St.Mary’s where Tadic and Pelle particularly shone, continuing to prove that Koeman knew his stuff in the transfer market.

Despite threatening to challenge for top four and Champions League qualification all season, Southampton have fallen short. This was always to be inevitable because of the spending power and deeper squads the league’s elite have but despite this, they have never abandoned their principles playing the same way in the 8-0 victory and the disappointment of a quarter-final Capital One Cup loss to League One outfit Sheffield United. With the strong partnership of Jose Fonte alongside Alderweireld, Southampton have got one of the strongest defensive records in Europe, something Koeman should be understandably proud of. Goalkeeper Fraser Forster being top of the clean sheets charts with 13 clean sheets all before getting injured against Burnley in march and missing the rest of the season, proves just how solid the base that Koeman has built is.

It’s one of the top defences in all of Europe’s top 5 ‘power leagues’ and they also have the fewest goals conceded by individual errors, proving that they are well drilled and are switched on, focused on the task in hand. They’ve also broken the clubs points record in the Premier League, it’s the best the club have ever done since the formation of the division in 1992, with a record finish of at least seventh and potential Europa League football on the horizon.

The club have once again improved and if they can secure a top seven finish it would continue the steady progression of the club, from 14th, to 8th to top seven in three years would be a massive achievement, European football for the first time since 2003 when they qualified through being runners up in the FA cup would be quite something for a club of Southampton’s size. Potential champions league football could be on the horizon if the club continues to improve in this way, especially under the safe hands of Ronald and Erwin.

Because of his achievements, Koeman has major plaudits coming his way being linked with major jobs elsewhere, such as at his beloved Barcelona where he is a club hero and the Holland national team (touted for the job by fellow Dutch legend Ronald De Boer) he has denied interest in all of them….for now. Loyalty being a major thing for Koeman, one of his many desirable qualities, but when his contact is up at the end of 2016/17 season, Koeman is sure to move onto pastures new, a club/country matching his ability,  such as Barcelona.

If there’s one thing you should know about Koeman and his tenure at the South Coast side, its that the club will never be the same. His eye for detail means no stone is unturned and when he leaves he will surely leave the club in a much healthier state then when he took over, making Southampton a consistent, top-ten quality side capable of being a player in the European game.

The Dutch revolution at Southampton may have just begun, but its clear to see that when he leaves, Southampton will never be the same side again. Once a League One side, hours from going out of business, into a quality Premier League team. It can be argued that much like with the sacking of Adkins and replacement with Pochettino, if it had not have happened this natural progression that’s taken place at the club may not have happened at all. Perhaps the club would have been just treading water, although it seemed a disaster at the time Pochettino moving on seems to have been a blessing in disguise, Southampton have been majorly brought on by the quality of ‘Tintin’ and long may it continue.


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Five Things To Expect In 2015

The year of 2014 is over, and it was undoubtedly a year to remember for Dutch football. A largely unfancied National Team finished 3rd place in the World Cup, demolishing Spain 5-1 on the way, Frank de Boer won a fourth consecutive title with Ajax, becoming the first manager to do so, and Louis van Gaal took on one of the biggest jobs in management when he when he was appointed as the Manchester United manager. 2015 is sure to be another big year, but just what can we expect?

Frank de Boer will leave Ajax

In 2010, off the pitch, Ajax was in turmoil, with Johan Cruyff clashing with the board. On the pitch however, Frank de Boer was on his way to his first eredivisie title with the Dutch giants. He has gone on to win three more league titles, playing the “Ajax way”, focusing on developing the club’s youngsters and playing an attractive style of football. He has gained many plaudits for this and has attracted the interest of some of Europe’s top clubs in recent seasons, but has always claimed to be happy at Ajax, saying that he wants to do well in Europe with them before he leaves. However, yet again his Ajax side fell at the first hurdle in the Champions League, and at the age of 44, with his stock higher than ever, it’s looking more and more likely that he’ll leave for one of Europe’s major leagues. As for his successor…

Jaap Stam will take over the reigns at Ajax

Due to the revolution of 2010 at Ajax, the majority of staff now are former players, that include the likes of Marc Overmars, Dennis Bergkamp, Edwin van der Sar, Wim Jonk and Jaap Stam. When Frank de Boer leaves, it is likely that Ajax will appoint someone within their ranks to replace him. Overmars and Van der Sar both have roles off the pitch, whilst Bergkamp has stated that he never wants to become a manager. That leaves Wim Jonk and Jaap Stam, and whilst de Boer has stated that he thinks they could both do a good job, Stam seems like the more likely option.

Ronald Koeman will win Manager of the Season

At the end of last season, Southampton lost their manager, Mauricio Pochettino to Spurs, and also lost many of their star players to bigger English clubs, so by the time Ronald Koeman had taken charge, many pundits tipped them to struggle, and some even said they could be drawn into a relegation battle. However, Koeman brought in two players who had been excellent in the Eredivisie for the past two seasons in Dusan Tadic and Graziano Pelle, and has lead the team to an impressive start in the league, currently sitting fourth in the table, and if they can hold on for a top four finish, Koeman will surely be crowned the Premier League’s manager of the season, surpassing the achievements of his predecessor, even after losing many key players.

Memphis Depay, Georginio Wijnaldum and Jordy Clasie will leave the Eredivisie

2014 was the year that many of the biggest Dutch talents left the Eredivisie after impressing at the 2014 World Cup. Daley Blind moved to English giants Manchester United, Bruno Martins-Indi moved to Portuguese powerhouses Porto, whilst Stefan de Vrij and Daryl Janmaat moved to Lazio and Newcastle respectively. However, Jordy Clasie, Georginio Wijnaldum and Memphis Depay all decided to stay at their Dutch clubs for another season. All three have continued to impress in Holland and are attracting the interest of Europe’s biggest clubs. Clasie and Wijnaldum have both performed well on the pitch and have demonstrated good leadership skills in captaining their respective teams. Both have been linked with teams abroad, with Italy looking like likely destinations for both of them. With 10 goals and 3 assists in 13 appearances, Depay is clearly too good for the league, and is destined for much bigger things, with the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United showing interest.

PSV will break their seven year title drought

PSV were the dominant team in Holland from 1999 to 2007, winning seven league titles, and even reaching the Champions League semi-final in 2005, narrowly missing out on reaching the final. However, since then, Louis van Gaal has led AZ to the Eredivisie title, Steve McClaren did the same with FC Twente in 2008-09 and Frank de Boer’s Ajax have dominated since then. This season though, Phillip Cocu has built a young side capable of reclaiming the title. With the likes of Depay, Wijnaldum and Willems leading the charge, it looks like Ajax’s four year reign is about to be over, and with a four point lead at the top of the table, PSV hold their fate in their own hands, and come May, should be champions.

Ron Vlaar will join a bigger club

Ron Vlaar, the Aston Villa captain, has been linked with a move away from Villa Park for the last year, due to his contract expiring at the end of the season. Vlaar’s stock rose due to impressive performances at the World Cup, including a semi-final performance in which he silenced Lionel Messi. It is likely that Vlaar will want to seek a move to a bigger club, it is just a question of when. Villa can either cash in on him in January or choose to keep hold of him until the end of the season and let him go on a free transfer. Arsenal and Liverpool have both been linked with him, but with Van Gaal at the helm, and the side in need of defensive reinforcements, Manchester United looks like the most likely destination.


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Four Eredivisie players to help rebuild Southampton?

Like his former club Feyenoord, this past summer has seen Ronald Koeman’s new club Southampton of the Premier League totally diminished. The Saints have seen Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren all depart to join Liverpool, Luke Shaw has left for Manchester United and today, Callum Chambers signing for Arsenal.

Koeman has been left with a lot of rebuilding at Southampton and obviously, the Dutch coach knows the Eredivisie very well. This transfer window has already seen him raid Feyenoord to take Italian striker Graziano Pellè to St. Marys and Dušan Tadić has been recruited from FC Twente. Anyone watching the Dutch top flight over the last two seasons has saw Pellè and Tadić emerge as two of the very best the league had to offer, so it would not surprise anyone if Koeman will return to the league to boost his first team options.

Today, Will Burns looks at four potential targets in the Eredivisie that Koeman may wish to take to Southampton.

JEFFREY GOUWELEEUW (Central Defender – AZ Alkmaar)

Gouweleeuw is a 23-year-old defender who has over 100 Eredivisie appearances under his belt after quickly progressing through the youth teams at Heerenveen. He secured a move to AZ Alkmaar last summer and has excelled as a classy performer. For a 6ft 1in defender, he has outstanding feet with great confidence and has no doubts about carrying the ball out of defence. His excellent pace who fit in lovely with Southampton, breaking on the attack if needed, whilst also covering his colleagues at the back.

KAMOHELO MOKOTJO (Central Midfielder – PEC Zwolle)

Ron Jans stated that Mokotjo was the “buy of the summer” last year when the South African arrived from Feyenoord on a free transfer. Indeed he was, after helping Zwolle to their first ever KNVB Beker cup final in their 104 year history, they defeated the mighty Ajax 5-1. The 23-year-old is a hard-working, Duracell-bunny like midfielder who gives his all for the team and could shine in the hustle and bustle of the Premier League.

JORDY CLASIE (Central Midfielder – Feyenoord)

Once nicknamed ‘the Dutch Xavi’, this 22-year-old midfielder has incredible vision and awareness, allowing him to play chess on the field and think of his next move. After making lots of interceptions, Clasie rarely loses possession and has the ability to control a match with his sharp passing. A tough-tackler that would add some meat to the Southampton midfield.

JEAN-PAUL BOËTIUS (Winger – Feyenoord)

Boëtius is a speed winger who combines pace with technique and creativity; he panics full-backs with his marauding runs.  Game after game he is proving to be a rising star which in fairness, however, at 20 years old he possibly could do with another year at Feyenoord to gain more experience. Nevertheless, Koeman may decide his confidence and no fear approach may help out at Southampton this season. He combined tremendously last season with Graziano Pelle in Rotterdam, he could do the same in Southampton.


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Ronald Koeman – Feyenoorder For Life

During the Summer of 2011 it was no secret that Feyenoord were a complete mess.  It was the club’s worst ever season in history, the team had no quality and direction, there was no money for new players and the coach Mario Been had been sacked as the players also had no confidence in him.

Feyenoord then decided to approach and appoint Ronald Koeman.  Despite having played for Feyenoord for two years Koeman also had managed rivals PSV Eindhoven and Ajax Amsterdam.  So to Feyenoord fans he was not a Feyenoorder and there was plenty of doubts and sceptism with his arrival.

Today in 2014 Koeman is seen as being an amazing manager.  Despite Feyenoord having the fourth highest budget in Dutch football there was never any money to spend on new players.  in his 3 years at the club Feyenoord finished third once on goal difference and second twice.  This is even more special as there was no investment in the squad and most of the starting XI were youth players from the highly successful Varkenwood academy.  In this time Koeman managed to identify and bring in on loan both John Guidetti and Graziano Pelle, who turned out to be prolific goalscorers and developed youth players who have all reached the top such as Jordy Clasie, Terence Kongolo, Tonny Vilhena, Jean-Paul Boetius, Stefan De Vrij and Bruno Martins Indi.  The 5-3-2 formation used by Holland in the 2014 World Cup was also created by Koeman and used to great effect especially when Feyenoord were playing away against tricky opposition.  His emphasis and focus on youth development, tactical innovation, discipline and motivation of players was the basis of a successful, fruitful and rewarding period at Feyenoord for both the club and himself.

Despite not winning a trophy or the Eredivisie title, Ronald Koeman and Feyenoord came together at the right time and in not perfect conditions but he has proven all doubters wrong and in his 3 years at the club returned both himself and Feyenoord back to the top of Dutch football where they belong.

In his final game Koeman became the first ever Feyenoord manager to receive a guard of honour from the club’s players and staff.

Ronald Koeman.  Once a Feyenoorder always a Feyenoorder.



Ronald Koeman has made FC Twente winger Dušan Tadić his first signing at Premier League side Southampton. The Dutchman has parted with up to £11million to bring the winger to the St. Marys Stadium. Earlier this month, Southampton saw their player of the season, Adam Lallana leave for Liverpool in a massive £25million move. Tadić will be set to fill the England international’s boots, for almost a third of the price and he may turn out to be the perfect replacement writes Will Burns.

Dusan Tadic 2


Dušan Tadić started out in his hometown with local side FK AIK Bačka Topola and was quickly picked up by top Serbian SuperLiga side FK Vojvodina in 2002 at aged 12. After moving through the youth ranks, he made his full debut at aged 18.

Tadić’s life in the Netherlands began in the summer of 2010 when he joined FC Groningen for just over €1 million. By the time he had turned 21, the left winger had impressed Groningen’s sporting director Hans Nijland scoring 29 goals in 107 outgoings over four seasons, and also making his international debut just 19-years old.

Nijland was the man that signed a little known Uruguayan striker called Luis Suarez a few years earlier and had reportedly seen off Sampdoria, CSKA Moscow and even Marseille for Tadić’s signature.

Tadić rapidly adapted to life in Holland and repaid the transfer fee over the two seasons playing 68 games notching 14 times. A star was born and in the April of 2012, FC Twente, then managed by Englishman Steve McClaren, made a huge €7.7 million bid for the Serb. The move was made official in the summer transfer window in July of that year.

In a dream start for Tadić, he scored twice against his former club Groningen on his first appearance, becoming an instant hit in Enschede. However, it was last season where the winger made his strongest impact. He was named Twente’s player of the season after scoring 16 goals in 33 games adding 14 assists in the process.

After missing the opening day of the 2013/14 season due to injury, his finest performance of the campaign may well have been the week after. It was a match at the rabid venue called ‘De Kuip’, the home of Dutch giants Feyenoord. Twente walked out of Rotterdam that day 4-1 winners against a Ronald Koeman managed side. Mr. Tadić was named man of the match after scoring two penalties and creating the other two. That result and performance may very well establish why Koeman wants to make the Serbian international his first signing at Southampton.


A technically gifted left-winger, the two greatest talents at Tadić’s disposal is his exceptional passing and accurate crossing. Throughout his career in the Dutch top flight, his deliveries from corners and free-kicks have resulted in many goals being scored. Combine this with the capability to cut inside and carve up any defence with a killer ball, provides you of the main reasons for his many assists.

He will find space with his great movement and also has the uncanny talent to trick his opponent into the other direction, to gain that extra yard to accelerate past and supply the cross. If he cannot find a way to navigate past a full-back, he will look to swerve the ball past the player and into the box.

Tadić also has the benefit of being a good decision maker and is considerate with his play. If he sees a colleague in a superior position, then the ball will be played into his team-mate, no doubt about it. If he sees trouble ahead, then the ball will be turned around and played behind him so that his team keeps the possession.

Koeman may make the decision to drop Tadić into the middle of the park, behind the striker and the Serbian will feel right at home in the no. 10 role. He will keep the ball on the grass, feeding into his striker’s awaiting feet or patiently holding up play for the wingers to overlap and approach the area.

One thing is for sure is that I can see Dušan Tadić creating chances for the Saints. If Southampton go ahead and sign Graziano Pellè too, then the Italian will certainly thrive off the crosses that will be heading his way.

THE STATS (provided by OPTA’s Martijn Hilhorst)

Let’s see how Tadić compares with the rest of Europe when creating chances?



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New Dutch manager for Swansea?

Speaking to Voetbal International, Swansea City director John van Zweden has stated that agent of Feyenoord head coach Ronald Koeman has approached him regarding the vacant Swansea City manager job.

Agent Koeman approaches Swansea City

Guido Albers approached fellow Dutchman Van Zweden, born in Den Haag, in interest of Koeman to become the new Swans manager from next season. Current Feyenoord coach Koeman, 50, has already declared that he will not renew his contract with the Rotterdam club which ends this summer.

Van Zweden also stated that he has passed the details onto Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins:  “I have passed on the telephone number of Koeman’s agent to Huw Jenkins but whether or not there has been any contact yet, I really do not know. I know that the club is very pleased with Garry Monk at this moment in time.”.

Koeman was one of the names linked with the Swans job in the immediate aftermath of Michael Laudrup’s dismissal last month. However, when questioned by the Dutch press that week, the coach stated that he had not had any talks with Swansea City.

Meanwhile, the bookies favourite still remains club legend Garry Monk to land the manager’s role on a full-time basis after making a promising start to his managerial career.

Koeman’s future is in the air and a move to the Premier League would suit the 50-year-old Dutchman, though a move to Greece or the Bundesliga in Germany has also been mooted.


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Koeman open to Swansea job

Obviously thinking about his future after informing Feyenoord that he will not be extending his contract past this May, Ronald Koeman has admitted that he would be interested in managing in England next season.

Koeman has been linked with the vacant Swansea City job since Michael Laudrup was dismissed last week, but the Dutchman has denied he has held talks with Swans executives about taking over there.

One thing is for sure is that Koeman will not be leaving the Eredivisie side until the end of the current campaign.

After watching his side defeat NEC Nijmegen 5-2 on Saturday evening, in the post-match press conference, Koeman told De Telegraaf: “These reports are strange, I have already agreed my agent here that he will sort out the options I have. He will do the homework at the moment and that is all.

“If that leads to something, I might be ready for it. But for now I will just wait and see what happens. I don’t think anything will happen right now.

“I think it will be April or May before I can clarify anything about my future. At this stage, there has been no contact with Swansea City.”


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Koeman to leave Feyenoord in May


Feyenoord head coach Ronald Koeman has announced he will leave his position at the end of the season. The 50-year-old has opted not to extend his contract with the Dutch club.

“The decision not to sign is one that I’ve made purely by feeling,” said Koeman.

The former international defender lead Feyenoord to second place in the Eredivisie in his first season and followed that up with a third-placed finish last season, however this campaign, they are currently fourth in the league.

The Rotterdam club’s technical director Martin van Geel said it was a “shame” Koeman was leaving.

Van Geel added: “We have plenty of time to look for a successor. It’s not surprising that a coach who had performed fantastically well during his three years here wants to look further. In that sense, I am not really amazed or surprised by his decision.”

After joining the Rotterdam side in 2011, Koeman became the first man to have served as both a player and coach at the three Dutch giants – PSV Eindhoven, Ajax and Feyenoord.


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