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Monday 23 October 2017

Ronald Koeman: I'll manage at one of Europe's top clubs but Southampton good for now

Ronald Koeman
Ronald Koeman

Ronald Koeman is ready to coach one of the biggest clubs in Europe, but his only focus right now is continuing Southampton's scarcely-believable season.

The Dutch great's arrival during a summer of discontent at St Mary's surprised many - so too has his remarkable impact since taking the reins.

The term meltdown was bandied about ahead of a season many predicated to end in a relegation fight, yet Sunday's 1-1 draw with Chelsea leaves Saints sixth in the standings with nine matches remaining.

Such success has seen Koeman linked with a move away to one of Europe's elite clubs - a job he believes he would be up to.

"I see myself as ready," he said. "I have been a coach for a while now and I have been at a few clubs.

"I have experience and this is an important detail if you are going to be a good coach, but at the moment I am only thinking about Southampton because I have two more years on my contract after this season."

Koeman is listed amongst the club 'legends' after a wonderful period at Barcelona, where - not for the first time - he admits he can see himself managing one day.

"I think so, yes, because everyone knows what I have had with Barcelona and what Barcelona has with Ronald Koeman," he said.

"Therefore, if one day in the future I can be manager there, I would love it.

"That is football," he added.

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