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Monday 18 December 2017

Le Tissier: Saints boss Koeman a 'revelation' so far

Ronald Koeman has been a "revelation" since taking over as Southampton head coach, according to Matthew Le Tissier, who is hopeful Saints can secure a seventh successive win this weekend against Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham.

The past few months have been a turbulent time at St Mary's, with a host of key players exiting in the wake of Pochettino's decision to take the reins at White Hart Lane.

Bookmakers dramatically shortened the odds on Saints being relegated as a result, but some fine acquisitions and the wily appointment of Dutch great Koeman has nipped such talk in the bud.

Saints sit second in the Premier League, albeit with the season in its infancy, and have won their last six matches in all competitions - a fantastic start fans' favourite Le Tissier praised Koeman for.

"I was well chuffed when his name got linked with the job and saw that he was interested," he said. "He's been a revelation for us so far.

"He's very calm. I've met him a couple of times already and he's a very calm, very assured manager. He's not one that will flip his lid at the sign of the first problem.

"He has dealt with things in a completely professional way and I like the way he carried himself. Long may that continue."

Next up for Saints is a mouth-watering clash with Koeman's predecessor Pochettino, whose new side head into Sunday's match eighth in the standings.

"It is a new era," Le Tissier said. "It's a chance, probably for the fans more than anything, to say to the manager 'ah, you made a mistake in going because we are doing better than you are at the minute!'

"Listen, it is still early days. I'm realistic enough to know that and not get carried away but it has been a brilliant start.

"We don't get these moments often so we should enjoy them while they are there."

Meanwhile, newly-appointed Watford boss Billy McKinlay has resigned as Northern Ireland's number two with immediate effect.

The former Scotland international was installed at Vicarage Road only days after joining the coaching team.

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